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Saturday, June 16, 2012
The Boston Red Sox & The Great Fenway Park Writers Series Proudly Present:
A Spring Training Celebration of The 100th Anniversary Book on Fenway Park

Featuring: Larry Lucchino, Joe Castiglione, Donna Eden Cohen and Rico Petrocelli

11:00 am Brunch & Program
Chicago Sinai Congregation Temple
$15 West Delaware Place (off North Dearborn Street)
Friends of the Writers Series & Red Sox Season Ticket Holders – $100 (includes anniversary book)

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Joe Castiglione – Biographical Brief

The 2007 season marks Joe Castiglione`s 25th season behind the microphone on Red Sox radio. He previously handled play-by-play for the Cleveland Indians on television in 1979 and 1982 and broadcast the Milwaukee Brewers on TV in 1981.

The Hamden, Conn., native has announced the NBA`s Cleveland Cavaliers, and did college basketball on New England Sports Network for six winters. During the offseason, he teaches broadcast journalism courses at Northeastern University and Franklin Pierce College.

Joe also works in fund raising for the Jimmy Fund.





Larry Lucchino – Biographical Brief

Larry Lucchino was named President/CEO of the Red Sox at the closing of the purchase of the team in February, 2002. Previously President/CEO of the Baltimore Orioles (1988-93) and the San Diego Padres (1995-01), Lucchino is a veteran of 33 years in Major League Baseball. With the Red Sox, Lucchino manages the franchise on a day-to-day basis with the active involvement of, and in collaboration with, Principal Owner John W. Henry and Chairman Tom Werner.

He has won rings with each franchise. The Orioles won the 1983 World Series, the Padres won the 1998 National League Pennant, and the Red Sox won the 2007 World Series, just three years after the 2004 World Championship that put an end to Boston’s 86-year championship drought.

In his 23 full seasons as a President/CEO, his clubs have a winning record of 1,895-1,650 (.535), have reached post-season play eight times (1996, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009), have won three pennants, and two World Series. In those 23 seasons, attendance has improved over the previous year 16 times and the franchises have set club attendance records 13 times, including an 8 year stretch with the Red Sox, topping 3 million for the first time in Red Sox history in 2008, and again surpassing 3 million in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Lucchino is the first President/CEO to win pennants for two different franchises - let alone in two different leagues - since Hall of Fame executive Larry MacPhail more than 50 years ago with the Brooklyn Dodgers (1941) and the New York Yankees (1947). They are the only two to have done so. (Al Rosen won pennants as President/CEO of the Yankees in 1978 and as President of the San Francisco Giants in 1989, but Bob Lurie was the Giants’ CEO. Dave Dombrowski won pennants as GM of the Florida Marlins in 1997 and as President/GM of the Detroit Tigers in 2006.)

In addition to running championship franchises and setting attendance marks, Lucchino has earned a legacy for creating ballparks that have transformed the ballparks’ role in the fan experience, influence on franchise value, and place in the community.

His vision for the design of Oriole Park at Camden Yards - a traditional, old-fashioned, asymmetrical, intimate downtown ballpark with modern amenities - ushered in an era of revolutionary ballpark architecture and ambiance responsible in part for the game’s resurgence since 1992.

He also had the vision for the ballpark that saved baseball in San Diego. Petco Park, designed to look and feel like San Diego, was approved in a 1998 landslide vote on Proposition C, a campaign that Lucchino spearheaded. As much as the Padres needed a ballpark, the city needed a catalyst to redevelop an under-utilized 26-block area in the city’s downtown. As promised, a ballpark revitalized a key neighborhood, as it had done in Baltimore (and, subsequently, in other cities). The design of the park was completed in August, 2001, and construction was well underway when Lucchino left the Padres for the Red Sox after the 2001 season.

Subsequently, he was instrumental in pulling together the ownership group that joined John Henry and Tom Werner in their successful effort to purchase the Red Sox, announced on December 20, 2001. While every other group that sought to purchase the Red Sox advocated a replacement for venerable Fenway Park, the group led by Henry, Werner, and Lucchino was the only one that committed itself to save - and improve - America’s most beloved ballpark. The ownership group officially formalized its commitment to keep Fenway Park long term on March 23, 2005.

Over the course of a 10 year-long project (ending during the 2011 offseason), Lucchino has helped to oversee many changes to preserve, protect and improve Fenway Park.  Such successful additions include:  the Green Monster Seats, the Right Field Roof Seats, Dugout Seats, the Yawkey Way Concourse, the Big Concourse, the Third Base Concourse, the First and Third Base Decks, the EMC Club, the State Street Pavilion, renovations of the premium suites, the Left Field Coca Cola Corner, the Bleacher Bar, the expansion of the right field roof box section, and the installation of new high definition video display and scoring systems.  These and other well-received infrastructure innovations and improvements have enhanced the fans’ experience while respecting the integrity of the historic park and the surrounding neighborhood.

In the winter of 2010, Fenway Park was transformed into a hockey venue when it hosted the Boston Bruins and the Philadelphia Flyers on New Years Day for the third installment of the NHL Winter Classic.  A week later, the Red Sox hosted the first ever Hockey East outdoor college hockey games as the women’s teams from UNH and Northeastern and the BC and BU men’s squads played a doubleheader.  In July of 2010, Fenway Park again was transformed, this time into a soccer site when Sporting C.P. from Portugal and Celtic F.C. from Scotland matched up for Football at Fenway - the first soccer match played at the ballpark in over 40 years.  In the winter of 2011, the ballpark was once again turned back into a hockey site, when Frozen Fenway II saw 16 days of ice time for high school and college games, along with community skates for residents of the city of Boston.  These hockey events helped lead off a year long of extensive and varied celebrations for Fenway Park’s 100th Anniversary in 2012.

While setting attendance records with all three franchises, Lucchino has made his mark in the cutting-edge marketing of baseball. His efforts at regionalization in Baltimore expanded the Orioles’ fan base from 2 million to 6 million. In his 14 years with the Orioles, the season ticket base increased from 1,600 to 28,000 plus a 13,000-person waiting list.

In his seven years with the Padres, the season ticket base more than doubled from 5,081 to 12,380 through 2000. Under his leadership, the Padres recorded their top four all-time attendance figures at Qualcomm Stadium in his last four years there (1998-2001).

In his 10 seasons in Boston, the club has set franchise attendance records in eight of ten years, and has sold out 712 straight games dating back to May 15, 2003.  This streak is the longest in the history of Major League Baseball, a record established on September 8, 2008, with sell-out #456, breaking the previous MLB record of 455, set by the 1995-2001 Cleveland Indians.

Each of the three franchises he has served as chief executive has established a major charitable foundation during his tenure (The Orioles Foundation, The Padres Foundation, and The Red Sox Foundation). Under his leadership, each franchise has re-invigorated its philanthropy, its community relations efforts, and its ballpark ambiance to ensure that all fans feel welcome.  In November of 2010, the Red Sox and the Red Sox Foundation were given league wide recognition when they were named the recipients of the inaugural Commissioner’s Award for Philanthropic Excellence.

Lucchino’s passion for ballparks is rivaled by his drive for baseball’s internationalization. He pioneered a ground-breaking relationship in Japan in 1997 with the Chiba Lotte Marines, and helped organize the Red Sox’ first trip to Japan in March, 2008 when they opened the MLB regular-season with two games at the Tokyo Dome. In addition, he previously arranged the efforts to play Major League Baseball’s first regular season games in Mexico (1996) and Hawaii (1997) and established baseball’s first International Opening Day in Monterrey, Mexico in 1999. He was an early, active supporter of the World Baseball Classic, and also serves on Major League Baseball’s International Committee.

He has served on MLB’s Restructuring Committee, the American League’s Cable Television Committee, and as Chairman of the Player Development Contract Negotiations Committee. He was a member of the Realignment Committee and the Commissioner’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Baseball Economics, which released its recommendations for attacking the game’s economic and competitive balance issues in July, 2000.

In recognition for “long and meritorious service to baseball” over three decades in the game, Lucchino was awarded the Judge Emil Fuchs Award by the Boston Baseball Writer’s Association at their 72nd annual BBWAA dinner on January 20, 2011.

Born in Pittsburgh, Lucchino was an All-City League basketball player and a second baseman on the Pittsburgh city championship baseball team at Taylor Allderdice High School. He graduated with honors from Princeton University and is a graduate of the Yale Law School. At Princeton, he was a member of two Ivy League championship basketball teams.

In 1974, he joined Williams and Connolly, the law firm founded by his mentor, friend, legendary sportsman, and trial attorney Edward Bennett Williams. He became a partner in 1978 and specialized in sports law and litigation. He was general counsel to the Washington Redskins, of which Williams was president and part owner, and was a member of the Redskins Board of Directors from 1979 to 1985. When EBW bought the Orioles on August 2, 1979, Lucchino became vice president/general counsel. EBW named him president in May, 1988, to rebuild the club’s baseball and business operations. Lucchino was an owner of the Orioles from 1989 until the club was sold at the end of the 1993 season, and of the Padres from December, 1994 to 2002.

The avid sportsman has the unique distinction of earning World Series rings (Orioles, ’83; Red Sox, ‘04, ‘07), a Super Bowl ring (Redskins, ‘83), and a Final Four watch (Princeton, ‘65). Lucchino has been active in numerous civic and charitable efforts in Baltimore, San Diego, and Boston, with particular, active involvement in the research and treatment of cancer.   Here in Boston, he is a board member and served as the co-chair of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute’s $1 billion “Mission Possible” Capital Campaign, which reached its goal in 2009, and is also on the board of Special Olympics International. He is married to Stacey Johnson Lucchino, and has two stepchildren, Davis (22) and Blair (20).

Donna Eden Cohen – Biographical Brief

As founder and principal of Donna Cohen Strategies, Ms. Cohen focuses on providing strategic advice to individuals, corporate clients and non- profit organizations facing a critical juncture that requires a trusted advisor.  With 30 years of experience practicing law, Cohen advises family businesses, entrepreneurs, and individuals facing various issues in their business, personal and philanthropic worlds. Cohen brings careful, confidential guidance to her clients for sustainable success.

Cohen’s involvement in her local community has always been an important, active and inspired part of her life. Her practice has expanded her community to include an international and multicultural reach.

Cohen has a keen understanding of the complex issues facing women in transition: women who are changing status from employee to entrepreneur; considering divorce, or in the process; recently widowed; or re-entering the workforce.

Cohen started her law career as a Litigation Attorney with the law firm of Gilman, McLaughlin and Hanrahan LLP where she became the first woman Partner, concentrating on general civil litigation, business, and real estate law.  While at the firm she published several articles and was a faculty member of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys.  She is now Of Counsel to the firm and serves as a consultant for Women & Money LLC.

With a strong belief that access to education is the cornerstone of success, Cohen has served on many educational boards. She currently serves on the Board of University of Massachusetts Amherst Commonwealth Honors College – the premier “public honors college” serving top high school graduates; the Conservatory Lab Charter School Foundation, Inc., an expeditionary learning school with a music focus; Suffolk University Visitors Board and the EdVESTORS Education Review Panel working with leaders from the non-profit, philanthropic and business communities to evaluate and select high impact initiatives which receive funding through EdVestors. 

She was instrumental in creating a new protocol for the Learning Prep School – the largest day school in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts serving children with substantial learning differences. She is a sponsor of the Marilyn Rodman Theatre for Kids, is a Founding Board member of the University of Massachusetts Club and a volunteer at Healthcare for the Homeless.  She served as Overseer of the Boston Ballet, Trustee of the Boston Biomedical Research Institute, and Board Member of the Town Of Brookline Economic Development Advisory Board. 

Ms. Cohen received her B.A. in Communications Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, as Commonwealth Scholar and her Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School where she was elected to the Phi Delta Phi Honor Society.

Although she resides in Westwood Mass, she calls Field Box “59E Irving Place” at Fenway Park……home.

Rico Petrocelli – Biographical Brief

One of the most popular players to ever play for the Boston Red Sox, Rico Petrocelli will always be remembered for his familiar "Fenway Stroke" that sent many an opposing hurler`s offerings into the net atop the Green Monster in left field. Although he was not physically imposing at 6-0, 175, he hit 210 lifetime home runs (including a then-league-record for shortstops - 40 in 1969) and his career total of 773 RBIs place him comfortably in the Red Sox top 10 in both categories. A two-time All-Star shortstop and veteran of two World Series with the Red Sox, Rico agreed to move to third base in 1971 to help fill a void in the Boston infield and enable the Red Sox to acquire shortstop Luis Aparicio. His 1976 season was his final one; Rico played in 1,553 regular-season and 17 postseason games in his 12-year career. He still holds the club fielding record for a season at two different positions in the infield, effectively tied for the shortstop mark with Vern Stephens (1950) and Rick Burleson (1980), and at third base as well.

Americo Peter (Rico) Petrocelli was born June 27, 1943 in Brooklyn, NY, the youngest of the seven children born to Attilio and Louise. His father and cousins ran a shop specializing in sharpening tools used in the garment district. Rico developed his love for the game at an early age. At a time when there were three major league teams in New York, he was inspired by all of the great teams and players. As a youngster he was an avid Yankees fan, with his father taking him to both Yankee Stadium to see Mickey Mantle and the Bronx Bombers and to Ebbets Field to see the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Petrocelli started playing basketball at the age of six, but didn`t play organized baseball until he was 12. By the time he started high school he was proficient at both sports, and would become an all-scholastic in both basketball and baseball at Sheepshead Bay High. When his family realized that he might have a chance at a professional career, he was allowed to concentrate on his athletic career full-time instead of getting a job to help support the family. His four older brothers all worked to bring in extra money, allowing him to pursue his dreams of becoming a pro baseball player. It was a sacrifice he has never forgotten.

A pitcher and a power-hitting outfielder in high school, he was considered a top prospect and a dozen scouts followed his progress his senior year. But while pitching in the city championship on an extremely cold day in 1961 he felt something snap in his right elbow. The scouts quickly disappeared until only four (Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Boston) remained. The Red Sox were the first team to invite him to a workout after the injury, a gesture which made a favorable impression. He and his family made the trip to Boston and after a successful workout, stellar Red Sox scout Bots Nekola (the same scout who signed Carl Yastrzemski three years earlier) signed him.

Rico started his professional career in 1962 with Winston-Salem, North Carolina in the Carolina League---batting .277 with 17 home runs and 80 RBI, but struggled in the field at his new position (shortstop), committing a league-high 48 errors. He was promoted to Reading in the Eastern League in 1963 and batted only .239, but he hit19 homers and drove in 78 runs. The Red Sox brought him to Boston at the close of 1963, and the 20-year-old made his major league debut September 21 in the first game of a doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park. In a portent of things to come in the future, Rico drove a Lee Stange offering off the fabled Green Monster for a double in his very first at bat. The hit earned a standing ovation from the sparse crowd (only 6,469 in attendance) and would become one of his favorite memories.

By 1964, Petrocelli had been designated as one of the club`s top prospects and was sent to the Red Sox Triple AAA affiliate in Seattle. He managed to hit only .231 and, homesick and depressed over his poor play, began to doubt his ability. At the suggestion of his teammate Billy Gardner he tried switch hitting, and when the Red Sox named him their starting shortstop at the start of the 1965 season he was encouraged to continue the experiment by then Red Sox manager Billy Herman with disastrous results --he hit only .174 through the first 20 games and the switch hitting experiment was quickly scrapped. Red Sox coach Pete Runnels suggested he use his natural ability to try and pull the ball more to take advantage of Fenway`s inviting left-field wall. Rico would spend the rest of the season refining his "new" swing, steadily producing results. He hit his first major league home run June 20 against lefthander Gary Peters of the White Sox, and ended with 13 for the season.

His balky right elbow hampered his throwing for most of his rookie year and the problem persisted into the 1966 season, eventually landing him on the disabled list for the first time in his career. To add insult to injury Petrocelli was not a favorite of Herman. The "old-school` manager had little patience for his brooding and insecurities, and made life miserable for the young Sox shortstop. The situation came to a head when Petrocelli left the team in the middle of a game to tend to a family emergency. Herman demanded he be immediately suspended, but cooler heads in the Red Sox front office prevailed. Instead, he was fined the then-hefty amount of $1,000, but it did little to calm the conflict between manager and player. Things were finally resolved when Herman was fired in September, but even with his tormentor gone he felt sure he would either be traded or sent back to the minors.

In 1967, new Red Sox manager Dick Williams took a different tack with Petrocelli. He brought longtime Red Sox minor league coach Eddie Popowski to Boston as the new third base coach and gave him the locker next to Petrocelli. The good-natured Popowski had managed Rico at both Winston Salem in 1962 and at Reading in 1963, and helped to build the young shortstop`s self-esteem with daily pep talks. Williams also helped Petrocelli to mature as a player by giving him the responsibility of being the leader of the club`s young infield. Both moves resulted in giving him new-found confidence, and he blossomed as a player. He drove in the first run of the season with a single in the Red Sox 5-4 win over Chicago on opening day and later added a three-run homer for good measure. He earned the starting nod at shortstop for the American League in the All-Star Game, and finished with a solid all-around season batting .259 with 17 homers and 66 RBI.
Petrocelli was a central figure in the famous Red Sox-Yankees brawl at Yankee Stadium on the evening of June 21. Both benches cleared after the two longtime rivals exchanged beanballs, then Petrocelli and Yankee first baseman Joe Pepitone got involved in some friendly verbal jousting. The two were friends who had grown up in Brooklyn together, but somehow things escalated quickly into a full-scale battle. It took a dozen Yankee Stadium security guards, including Petrocelli`s brother David (who pulled Rico out from under a pile of Yankee players), to help restore order. The fight was recognized as a defining moment that helped to bring the `67 Red Sox together as a team. Boston fashioned a league-best 60-39 record from that point on, winning the pennant on the final day of the season after a 5-3 win over the Minnesota Twins. It was Rico`s catch of Rich Rollins` pop up that was the final out in Boston`s "Impossible Dream" pennant, a catch that would become one of the signature moments in the long history of the franchise.

Petrocelli had little success at the plate against the National League champion St. Louis Cardinals through the first five games of the 1967 World Series. Extremely run down by the long season, Petrocelli had a Vitamin B-12 shot prior to Game Six and proceeded to hit two home runs---a feat accomplished by only one other shortstop (Alan Trammell) in a World Series game. His second homer was one of three hits by the Red Sox in the fourth inning, a World Series record that still stands. Although the Red Sox lost Game Seven to the Cardinals, the future seemed bright for both the Red Sox and Petrocelli.
The success of 1967 soon dissipated as a series of injuries doomed the defending American League champions to a fourth place finish in 1968.

Petrocelli`s batting average plummeted some 25 points as the chronic problem with his right elbow flared, causing him to miss 39 games. Rather than continuing to brood over his misfortune he took on a new positive attitude that winter. He changed his diet and gave up ice cream to help prevent the calcium deposits in his elbow from reforming. He also exercised his arms and wrists in the offseason. By the start of 1969 he felt stronger than at any time in his career, and the results were very evident. He began hitting home runs in bunches while hitting well over .300 for most of the first half of the season. He excelled in the field as well, threatening the record for consecutive games without an error by a shortstop by going 44 straight without a miscue. He would finish the season with a .981 fielding percentage, which remains the record for a Red Sox shortstop.

In July he was the overwhelming choice as the starting shortstop for the American League in the All-Star Game--his second such selection in three years. At the time he was hitting .309 with a remarkable 25 home runs. In the last year prior to the All-Star vote being returned to the fans, he earned more votes from his fellow players, managers, and coaches than any other player in the league. With the Red Sox out of contention since midsummer, his quest to break the American League record for home runs by a shortstop (39, by the Red Sox own Vern Stephens in 1949) became the big story in September. The record-breaker came on the evening of September 29 against the Washington Senators` Jim Shellenback at RFK Stadium. He finished the season with 40 homers and 97 RBI while hitting .297. His .589 slugging percentage was second only to Oakland`s Reggie Jackson in the American League.

Rico showed that 1969 was no fluke when he came through with another solid season in 1970. He hit 29 homers and knocked in 103 runs, becoming the first Red Sox shortstop to crack the 100-RBI barrier since Stephens in 1950. He also played in a career-high 157 games, showing his injury problems were a thing of the past. Over the winter, Red Sox general manager Dick O`Connell told him the Red Sox had a deal on the table for future Hall of Fame shortstop Luis Aparicio, but in an ultimate show of respect O`Connell told him he wouldn`t make the deal unless Petrocelli would be comfortable moving to third base.
Rico readily endorsed the deal as being beneficial to the team and agreed to make the change. He reported early to spring training and worked for hours with former Red Sox All-Star third baseman Frank Malzone---the results were nothing short of amazing. Petrocelli set a major league record for third basemen with 77 straight games without an error. He also led the league in fielding percentage with a scintillating .976 mark (still the team record). He continued to produce on offense at a healthy clip, hitting 28 home runs and knocking in 89 runs while leading the team with what the Red Sox calculated as 12 game-winning hits. Between 1969-1971 his 97 home runs and 289 RBI were the most by any Red Sox player.

Although his power output dropped significantly in 1972 (only 15 home runs) he continued to drive in runs at a consistent pace, leading the Red Sox with 75 RBI despite hitting only .240. He was especially hot in August, hitting .344 with 23 RBI to help the Red Sox surge into contention for the division title---they would finish a scant one-half game behind Detroit. He also led the majors in grand slams with three. He would finish his career with a total of nine grand slams, good for second on the Red Sox all-time leader list behind only the great Ted Williams.

The injury problems that had plagued him early in his career returned with a vengeance in 1973. He missed the last 47 games of the season with chronic elbow problems, and his loss was keenly felt. Boston was only 2½ games behind division-leading Baltimore when he left the starting line up on August 12, but finished eight games off the pace. Off-season elbow surgery had him back and fit to start the 1974 season, but a series of new injuries set him back yet again. A nagging hamstring injury plagued him for most of the early part of the season, and then disaster struck September 15 when he was hit in the head by a pitch thrown by Milwaukee`s Jim Slaton. The beaning shelved him for the rest of the season, and the Red Sox ended up squandering a 7½ game lead near the end of August--staggering home in third place. Despite his time on the disabled list he still tied for the team lead in home runs with 15 and finished second with 76 RBI.

Although Petrocelli was in the opening day lineup for the Red Sox at the start of the 1975 season, it was readily apparent that he was still suffering from the after-effects of the beaning. Although it was not public knowledge, he suffered from a severe inner ear imbalance that caused him a great deal of trouble with his sense of balance. While he continued to perform at his usual high level in the field, he had difficulty gauging the ball as it left the pitcher`s hand and his batting average dropped significantly. Despite his shortcomings at the plate, his leadership ability came to the forefront with a new group of young players that drove the Red Sox to their first pennant since 1967. With the red-hot Baltimore Orioles coming on strong in the season`s final month Rico again demonstrated his ability to come through in the clutch. His solo homer off Baltimore ace Jim Palmer on the evening of September 16 accounted for the winning run in Boston`s 2-0 shutout of the Orioles--a key victory that effectively put the Red Sox in firm control of the pennant race.

Thanks to medication that treated his inner ear imbalance, Petrocelli returned to his old form in time for the postseason. His seventh-inning homer off Oakland`s relief ace Rollie Fingers in Game Two of the 1975 ALCS widened the lead in a one-run game and helped to propel the Red Sox to a three-game sweep of the defending champion A`s. His stellar play continued in the World Series against Cincinnati, as he hit .308 and contributed some fine fielding plays at third base as Boston came within a run of winning their first World Series since 1918.

While Rico`s play in the field continued to be above reproach, his lack of productivity at the plate became an issue in 1976. He began suffering reactions to the medication he was taking to correct his inner ear problems and he was forced to discontinue its use. The problems with his balance returned and severely hampered his ability at the plate. He hit a career-low .213 in 1976, and when Don Zimmer took over as manager shortly after the All-Star break he gave rookie Butch Hobson significant playing time at third. Rico was tried briefly at second base, but with little success. In a move that shocked New England, Petrocelli was cut at the end of spring training in 1977, ending his 12-year playing career in Boston.

Out of baseball for the first time in his life he decided to remain close to the sports scene in Boston by writing a regular column in the Boston Herald that followed the progress of the Red Sox. He was also one of the early pioneers of the sports talk radio scene in Boston, co-hosting a sports talk show with Glenn Ordway. In 1979 he joined longtime Red Sox broadcaster Ken Coleman in the radio booth as the color commentator. On July 24 he had the privilege of calling former Red Sox teammate Carl Yastrzemski`s 400th home run in a game against the Oakland A`s at Fenway Park.

Petrocelli stayed only one year in the radio booth and after several years in the business word returned to uniform in 1986 as a manager for the Chicago White Sox Single A affiliate in Appleton, WI. He stayed in the White Sox organization a total of three years, eventually being promoted to manager of their AA club in Birmingham, AL in the Southern League, but left to return home as the new Director of Sports Programs for the Jimmy Fund between 1989-1991.
His love for the game moved him to accept the position as manager of the Red Sox AAA affiliate in Pawtucket in 1992. That began a six-year stay for him in the Boston organization as a roving instructor. On September 7, 1997, Petrocelli was rewarded for his outstanding Red Sox career when he and four other former players were inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame.

Since leaving baseball he runs his own private company Petrocelli Marketing Group based in Nashua, NH. He resides there with his wife of 40 years Elsie. They have four grown sons; Michael (39), twins James and Bill (38), and Danny (36). Rico remains active in the Boston sports scene as a frequent guest on Boston TV and radio sports programs.

This article was written by Ron Marshall for the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR)

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