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Freddy, I know you have thousands of fans but I am truly your biggest fan.
I watched you play for boston then to california then baltimore and then detroit and finally san diego in which my 2nd best player played for (G. Nettles) I wished you and Nettles played on the same team in the same year that truly would have been OUTSTANDING.
Fred, Growing up in 70s and watching the American league East was and will always will have great memories in which you gave us many! I do have a question, can you remember your rookie jersey size 40 or 42? would be helpful. Thanks again!
I was a teamate on the pony league team managed by your dad and Joe Willis.
Congratulations on a great career.
We have BP next week at EMHS and need some shaggers. Thought you might like to join us. They were the days. You have come a long way. I get down to So. Cal a few times a year. Maybe we can get together.
You were right about the long ball…..chicks dig it and so do the GM’s…..good to hear from you.
Hope all is well with you.
This is Keith Bisesi, you don’t remember me, but I’m hoping to see if you remember my father, Mike Bisesi. He had a sporting goods store in Winter Haven,and would take you and a few other Sox players fishing around spring training time. I have a picture of you holding a 9lb and 10lb bass from a long time ago.
great site, particularly the ability to directly connect with you.
Growing up in the 70/80s you were one of my childhood icons ( along with Jim Ed ).
I remember your huge night in Detroit, being reminded of this by Hamilton’s 4 HR effort last night.
One thing, though, that I think we have that may be unique among your fans…
Growing up we had a new pool and being the sports/baseball fans my brother and I were, we were always creating games. One is “Fred Lynn catches”. We would always throw the ball ( or whatever) just far enough away from the other to force them to dive and ‘layout’ to grab it. Over and over it would go until exhausted…
the other day my brother and his son, Hank were playing around in their own pool and Hank says, “Dad let’s play Fred Lynn catches!”
ahh the memories.
thanks Mr Lynn
your tremendous catches and reckless grace in the field will live forever in our family, when my nephew gets his own pool and teaches HIS son how to play “Fred Lynn catches”
I hope you and Natalie are doing well.
We are in the process of creating an internal, on-line speakers bureau here at John Hancock and I was looking to update your bio, etc. I came across your site. It’s looks great!
Would you happen to have any videos of you giving a speech/talk that you could send me? I’d like to include one on the site.
Hey Fred, I am one of your biggest fans. Growing up in the 1980’s as a left-handed centerfielder I believe watching your highlights made me a fearless baseball player too. I broke a few bones including my nose diving and crashing into walls. I blame you for that (only kidding). My number has always been #19 in any sport I played even at the tender age of 38 as I am now. The players I grew up playing ball with would call me Freddy Lynn. The funny thing is I grew up as a Yankee fan. Weird huh. Well, I have lived in New Jersey my whole life and that was my father’s team. I have some cool stuff. Although I have your autograph on 7 different items..a couple baseballs, 2 8 x 10’s, a picture of you and Jim Rice, I am looking for a Fred Lynn Bobble head. I have searched high and low for one. I figure if anyone would know it probably would be you….If you can help me locate one if one exists please respond. Thanks again! Stu Whitman
Sorry about the broken nose. I’ve got you beat by about 4 body parts…..
No bobble head dolls of me exist as far as I know. Probably figured my whole body was a bobble head so why bother……
Good luck with your search and let me know if you find one…..
Yankee fan? Good luck with that too.
Great piece by Peter Gammons, especially with all the old defensive highlights. I still can’t see how Lynn wasn’t MVP in 1979.
Peter is a good friend of mine….
MVP 79′ is a mystery to me too.
Great website, favorite player as a kid…thanks for the childhood memories…
Thanks to this site and sites like You Tube, I’ve been able to relive a bit the past (Peter G. piece is sweet). As a So Cal Bat L./Thr L. 12yrs old little leaguer in ‘75’ it wasn’t hard to latch on to your exploits. I followed you and my new (2nd) favorite club passionately. I made many of those “back to the wall, leaping catches” in my back yard in those days. Mom even let me stay up late to catch that spectacular series, (which was unheard of). I despaired watching the hated (1st favorite team…Dodgers) Big Red Boys snatch that three run lead from “us” in that series finale. Anyway after Bucky’s blast (“not the blooper pitch”) and your subsequent trade I eventually re-made allegiances with the So-Cal clubs and enjoyed following you career throughout.
Anyway, thanks for the memories, class, and being a great role model throughout your career. Even though you are a Trojan (Bruin…sorry), I’ve been able to overlook that and call you my favorite player of all time. Thanks.
PS – in the late 80s driving to Palm Springs, a Porsche Carrera (?), comes screaming by me with “75MVP” plates. I was a madman trying catch up with to see my law-breaking idle. Was pretty sure….……… Well Fred? “75MVP”?
Thanks for the support through the years. And yes, it may have been me that raced by you in the desert although I usually drove at the posted limit……my plate was 75MVP and I did own a Porsch….but my car was stolen and it probably was the thief you saw….
You might be the first Bruin to post……are you converting?
Was just checking out your stats and saw this site.
I’m from Mattapoisett, Ma and I was 15 in 1975. A great age to be a fan for one of the best seasons to date. Dwight was the old man in the out field, 24 years old as I recall. The unforgetable world series.
I still to this day feel the pain when you and Fisk left.
Long time ago. Hope all is well and thanks for the memories.
ps, Hald a cigar with Luis Tiant couple years back, good guy.
Luis always has a cigar and indeed he is a good man. Had a lot of fun being his teammate and continue we get together for some golf when I get into town…..
Thanks for the post.
Thank you for being my idol growing up in Southern California. You were my favorite player. Fortunately, I grew up in Orange, CA when you were with the Angels. Durring my Little League Years through High School, My nickname was “DERF”, which is Fred Spelled backwards. I became a Centerfielder because that is where you played. Thank you for all the great years and memories!
Some of my teammates used to call me Derf too…probably because I was always running backwards…..glad that you joined the centerfield ranks…
Fred Lynn was one of the greatest! I grew up in Massachusettes,,,, was a Red Sox fan. I say was because once Fred was traded to the Angels I became an instant Angels fan. I have never forgiven the Red Sox! Never will.
Fred do you live on the west or east coast? I have run a little league in NE CT for 12 years now and am always looking to snag a former big leaguer to come and talk at our opening day. Can you give me any help there?
I live in the San Diego area now so won’t be able to get back for the Little League opener. Besides you guys are probably still digging out of the snow….
I originally had some of this typed up as a letter to you, but I figured I may as well post it here along with my question for you at the bottom.
Firstly, let me just say what a big fan of yours I am. When I was a kid, my grandfather used to tell me all about his baseball memories of years gone by. Being a Sox fan, your name came up often in his conversations. Living in Canada where baseball seems to take a back seat to hockey, football and basketball, it was great being able to to have those talks with him. He passed his passion and love for the game on to me and I think I owe you some thanks for helping to fuel that passion and, of course, for helping to make me a Sox fan.
Secondly, I also want to commend you on using your name to help certain worthwhile causes, in particular, your work with breast cancer. My mother was diagnosed with the disease in 2009 and has since been declared cancer free.
On a related note, I have a question for you regarding making a donation in return for an autograph. I sent an e-mail on this subject last week but have not received a reply. I was hoping that you would be able to tell me what you charge and who to make the cheque/money order out to?
All the best.
Great news about your Mom. That’s the kind of news that drives us all.
Canada eh? Not much baseball up there but there have been a few Canucks in our league, in fact two of them were my teammates, Reggie Cleveland and Fergie Jenkins.
Thanks for writing.
Dear Fred, (Mr. Lynn)
Just met you at Cosco!!! Made my day. big fan of baseball and a bit of Red Sox in all of us…..
Thanks again for being so gracious with the autograph. I like Cubs/Red Sox for a series…
I’m good with the Cubbies and Sox series. Would be one for the ages.
See you at Costco….
Hello Mr Lynn!
I tried asking this under the “write to Fred about your event” link but didn’t hear back. My wife is a HUGE life-long Red Sox fan and you were her favorite player as a kid. If you or one of your folks could email me to let me know how I can get an autographed photo of you to give her as a present, I’d appreciate it. By the way, this is a great website!
Only one other player could play centerfield like you, and you probably know who that was. Ever had the chance to go back to the old ‘hood and ride a skate board down Asher hill?
The ’75 series was one of the greatest sports spectacles I ever saw. Done any skateboarding lately, I can remember you shredding Asher hill back in the old days.
I remember that hill being pretty steep when I was a kid. Made my own skateboard out of Mahogony with roller rink wheels. It was pretty cool for the time. Plenty of wipeouts on that hill. Will leave that sport to the young guys….thanks for reminding me of The Hill.
I was at a friend’s dinner party in Indian Wells this past Saturday night. When I mentioned to another guest that I grew up in MA and was a huge Red Sox fan, that guest, Brian Heublein commented “one of my college teammates played for the Red Sox”. When Brian said that teammate was Fred Lynn, my jaw just about dropped!
I remember 1975, with your 10 RBIs in Tiger Stadium, the 3 run homer to start game 6, followed by you crashing against the 379 marker in left center field. I also was at Fenway during the infamous 1978, 1 game playoff. Fortunately, I’ve added being at Yankee stadium for Game 7 of the ALCS to my list of Sox memories.
If you’re ever out in the Desert and want to play golf, get in touch with Brian or let me know. I’d love to tee it up.
Jon Romer (Indian Wells and Pasadena, CA)
If I get out that way I’ll look you up and we’ll beat the ball some. Say Hey to Brian when you see him again.
Fred….just wanted to thank you for taking the time to come to the signing this morning at the OC Dugout….certainly was a pleasure to meet one of my all time favorite Angels…
Had a good time myself. It’s always good to see the loyal Angels fans come out to see one of their own. Good luck to you at the OC Dugout.
Hi FRED: My class of fifth graders is researching FRED’s this month!! I chose YOU to role-model the “fact finding”. I’d love to tell you I was your biggest fan (I am old enough!), but I was more into starting a family when you were dazzling the baseball addicts. This is a very impressive website. What kind of kid were you in school…..especially fifth grade. Any advice for my kids ? Pep
I can only think of a handfull of semi-famous FRED’s so I guess your options were limited…..
In 5th grade I had my first male teacher. Had to toe the line a little more in his class than my preceding ones….”swats” were still in vogue then. I do remember having an arts portion of the class which included dance and music. Not my strong suits but it was fun to have the girls ask me to dance. Alas, that stopped the next year….
I was a good student and enjoyed school. Did my homework on time and hardly ever got into serious trouble. (Tackle football sent me to the Pricipal’s office more than once). Enjoyed all subjects and loved going to the SC Trojans football games with my teachers on Saturday afternoons. All in all it was a good experience going to public school in Southern California during the 50’s and 60’s.
Good luck with your FRED project and I approve of the subject matter….
All the best,
In today’s Boston Globe…guess who is running away with the favorite center fielder poll?
Way to go, Fred. Do you think you will be back in Boston any time soon?
Hi Mr Lynn, Thanks for all the memories. You were my favorite player . Followed you from the sox to angels etc. You were kind enough to sign an autograph for me following a game one night in 79(what a year for you) I never forgot how nice you were to a kid bothering you in the players parking lot . I froze because I was nervous and my brother asked you for the autograph. I got to get your autograph at a Fred Lynn night at Pawtucket a few years back. This time I talked! You were again a class act. All the best to you and yours.Sincerely, Brian Kemmett
I’m from the Boston area and grew up a die hard Red Sox fan and you were my favorite player (I know you’ve heard that thousands of times but it’s absolutely true!). I was 7 years old during that magical 1975 season and I followed every game and especially your stats. I can still remember watching on T.V. that game in Detroit where you had 3HR and 10RBI. As a Little Leaguer, I used to copy your stance right down to the top hand sliding up and down the bat! I went to Fenway alot as a kid and I have many great memories of your Red Sox days but one game stands out for me and it was much later. In 1989, with The Tigers, you were at Fenway and I think you went 4 for 4 (off M. Boddicker if I recall?). As such a huge fan of yours, I remember having such a great feeling!
So, I had heard you were in Boston at One Beacon today for the Red Sox home opener and anxiously went to meet you and…I was too late! Needless to say I was very mad at myself for not getting there earlier. Hopefully you’ll be in the Boston area again soon. From a lifelong fan, I just wanted to say thanks for being a part of making my childhood special. Thanks for being in Boston today and good luck with all your charitable endeavors. GO SOX!!
Sorry that you missed me in Boston. Had to get to opening day on time….
I’ll be in town for the Angel series in May. Maybe I’ll see you then.
Thanks for your support and hope that my stance was good to you….
Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed meeting you and your wife last night at Fenway…it was truly a treat!!
(thanks for being a nice guy)
Glad that you had a good time in the Legends Suite. That is a great venue and maybe you guys will be there again when I’m in town……great talking to you and all the best in the future.
Hi, Fred –
I recorded the MLB 20 Greatest Games show you just did re 1975 game 6. Last night, I had some free time, so I stayed up last night until 1:30 AM watching it! (Didn’t notice that it was 3 hours!) What a great show. You and I are about the same age; I became a Red Sox fan during the Impossible Dream year of 67, and I rooted for you guys every day in 75. I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed seeing you and hearing your comments on the show, and congratulate you on a brilliant, classy career. I had the privilege of meeting you briefly after an A’s-Angels game in Oakland in 1982, and you couldn’t have been nicer. I was already a Fred Lynn fan before that, but meeting you just cemented it! Take care, and all the best,
It took us about 3 1/2 hrs. to tape that show. It was a lot of fun for me to do the show and see some of my of mates. I learned a lot about that game that I had forgotten over the years. Sorry you had to stay up so late to watch but hopefully it was worth it.
Thanks for your support and enjoy the rest of the season.
Greetings Fred. Been thinking about you and baseball lately while watching the many games on TV. Still not sure which team(s) I am betting on but the Seattle Mariners and the Boston Red Soxs seem to have my attention. I remember watching you playing back in the day. We have one thing in common as we are both graduates of El Monte HIgh School I graduated Class of 73. Not a bad school to owe loyalty too was it?
Nice to hear from a fellow “Lion”. Seattle will be a longshot this year but the Sox are one of the favorites to win it all…..
Thanks for writing and always good to hear from someone from El Monte.
Hi Mr. Lynn,
Just wanted to drop in and say hello. You are one of my favorite hitters of all time. The Sox years were golden, I was also glad to see you as a Tiger in later years. Enjoyed watching you in the 2010 All-Star Legends softball game. Hoping all is well with you.
Those softball games that we play in during the ASG week are fun but are a little more difficult with each year that passes. I will be out there again this year and hope that nothing breaks….
Nice to hear from a Tiger fan once in a while.
Thanks for writing,
Just wanted to say thank you Mr. Lynn. I loved watching you play for the sox. I pretty much idolized you, and as a child we would play ball and pretend to be our favorite players. I would of course be number 19 Center fielder Fred Lynn. Thank you again for all the great games and memories. I will always be your fan
Hope that you didn’t ruin too many pairs of jeans diving on the backyard lawn…..
Thanks for the support.
Hi Fred….just wanted to say you did a great job with Bench and the rest on MLB’s #1 Greatest game. Great stuff! Really enjoyed it.
BTW – Any chance you’ll be at Fenway for the Yankees series in August? Bringing my boys up for their 1st game there. Would be great to meet you. Will be bringing along my old Fred Lynn model glove I used in Little League.
Thanks for the memories!
Glad that you enjoyed MLB’s Greatest Game show. We had fun doing it.
Hang on to that Fred Lynn model glove. Even I don’t have one of those….
Sorry, won’t be in town for the Yankee series. Enjoy the game with your boys.
Thanks for writing back Fred. I appreciate it. Sorry to hear you won’t be in town for that series. Will catch up with you someday, I hope!
You were picked the most beloved Red Sox Centerfielder at http://www.Boston.com.
I know I voted for you – definitely one my of favorite ballplayers, and I am sure many others feel the same way too – wished you had stayed in Boston.
Thanks for your vote. I’m honored that the fans thought enough of my play to make me their favorite.
I wish that I would have had the opportunity to stay in Boston my whole career. Unfortunately it didn’t work out that way.
hello Fred pretty cool idea of the site with a place for people to say hello to a great of the game.
The site was set up so that fans could see what I’m doing as well as me being able to connect with you. It’s always fun for me to be able to talk to the fans…..
Thanks for checking our site.
Thank you for writing! I have plans to attend the events at this years ASG in Phoenix. I know as you had mentioned to me previously, you will be playing in this years softball game.I also saw that you are slated to be signing autographs at the Fan Fest events. What I am not sure of is if there are specific days and times you will be down there to do so? I hope to get down there to meet you!
If you see me at fan fest make sure that you mention that we have talked on the site…..
Hello Fred…Just happened upon your site and was impressed to see that you support the Face Foundation for animals….way to go!
We are huge animal lovers so this was a “no brainer” for us to support The FACE Foundation. They do a great job and save a lot of animals….
I just had a ball signed by you at the Rays/Red Sox game in St. Pete.You are a gracious autograph signer. I’m a huge Sox fan now, but I really didn’t get into baseball until I was in my 20’s. I guess banging heads in football just seemed so much cooler while growing up.
Anyway, I didn’t realize how many teams you played for. Your last year in baseball was my first year as a firefighter. Now I only have a few years left until I retire and I’d like some advice. I know being a former pro-baseball player is unique, but I’m sure retirement has some similarities no matter the career. What do you do to stay busy?
Thanks for stopping by the other night and supporting the Ted Williams Museum. We had a very large Red Sox contingent at the Rays game.
I’m only retired from baseball and broadcasting, not work. Besides the usual golf and fishing I have been the spokesperson for a number of companies, host the Legends Sky Box for the Red Sox, do corporate outings, give an occasional speech, support various charities and do the cooking at home. So, not much really….
I’m so glad I found this site. You were my childhood idol. I’ve been a fan of yours since I first saw you play in ’75, when I was 9. It was because of you that I became a die-hard Red Sox fan. I had all your cards and even a paper record with the Martin/Woods broadcast of your 10 RBI game in Detroit. One of the best Christmas gifts I ever received was the Wilson Fred Lynn model glove, which I used playing center field in Little League. I even tried to bat lefty to emulate you, but I was really bummed that that didn’t work out, as I’m a righty. I recently joined a softball team and when asked what position and what number I wanted to be, both were no-brainers: center/#19.
Thanks for the memories. I hope to meet you in person one day.
Good luck with the softball team. Hope that #19 will be good to you as it was for me. One thing, stay away from the fences. They hurt a little more now than they did in the day…..
Enjoy the summer and thanks for writing.
Hello mr. lynn my name is matthew johnson im 12 years old im a huge fan 1975 gmae 6 is the best game ever i was wondering if i sent you a ball ttm if you would sign for me and whats a good address to sednd to you i would appreciate it thanks for your carrer,matthew johnson
You were one of my favorites on those great Sox teams in the 70’s. As a group you guys played the game the way it was meant to be played. It wasn’t the same when you, Pudge, Rooster, and Hobson left before the ’81 season. What might have been if the front office could have kept that nucleus together and added Boggs and Clemens.
Hi Fred – looking forward to seeing you in Phoenix at the Fan Fest! I met you several years ago in Mesa AZ when you did a card show, and you signed a picture for me that you never saw – it was a picture taken from a still-store machine for a video graphics company of you belting your 3-run HR in Game 6. You were amazed at seeing it for the first time! Wish I could find the others that I have stuffed away somewhere. Anyway, I’ve always told my 8 year old daughter about you since she was born, about how you played the game and how I idolize you! I can’t wait for her to meet you also now! See you Saturday!
Hey mr. lynn its matthew again i just wanted to say i love this website. also the number one game in mlb network was phinominal. it was a school nite and i stayed up till 1 am watching. good luck at the asg and hit me 3 homers in the soft ball game.
A true fan,
Glad that you liked the show on MLB network on game 6 of the 75 Series. Was fun to do with Johnny.
They moved the fences back about 30′ this year so probably will need to hit from 2nd base to hit one out….
Hi Fred-You were my absolute favorite player back in the 70’s & 80’s. After graduating from Providence College in 1977, I moved to Whittier, California. I used to go see the Red Sox whenever they played the Angels and would try and yell loud enough for you to hear me which caused a bit of fisticuffs in the right field stands one fine night. I couldn’t believe it when you were traded to the Angels! I’m sure Boston was upset about that, but there was one Boston fan in So. California that was as happy as ever! I have to admit that I saw you more as an Angel than I did as a Red Sox because Angel Stadium was so easy to get to from my house. Thanks for all the years of your great baseball playing. They are fantastic memories for me. I’ve since moved back to my home state of Connecticut. I was at Fenway yesterday once again telling my poor husband the story of how Fred Lynn followed me to California. You were one of the true class acts of the game of baseball Fred and your fans will never forget the enjoyment and excitement while you were playing.
Yep followed you right out to California and was glad to do it. Hope you had a good time while in Whittier. I was raised in El Monte which is right next door….
Back to Conn. for you so you are in hostile territory. Be careful which hat you wear back there.
Thanks for writing and being a fan of the game.
Cant believe I talked to u on the phone this past Sat. U were doing an autograph signing in Arizona. Buddy of mine was there and knew that u are my favorite ball player(still a big fan) I was at Fenway last year for a game (first time for my wife and daughter and first for me in 32years)I had your Jersey on and young people know who u are. Just to say U will never know how much that meant U taking a minute to say Hi to me the other night it is something that I will never forget.
Sorry that we couldn’t talk longer the other day but there were about two hundered people that wanted you off of the phone…..
Glad that you and your family got to see at game at the world’s greatest ballpark.
Enjoy the rest of the season.
I just had the pleasure of meeting you for the first time at FANFEST in Phoenix this past Saturday. I have to say it was the highlight of the fest for me! We also caught the All Star softball game the following day where I witnessed you get a double on your first at-bat! It was a pleasure briefly speaking with you, thanks for being gentleman and signing my Tiger card of you from 89.
Glad that you were able to attend Fanfest in Phoenix. Hot enough for you there? Phew!
You were one of the very few that had a Tiger card for me to sign…thanks for being a fan of the game and putting up with that long line…
I am a big fan of yours as well as the Boston Red Sox. Your MVP rookie year in 1975 was incredible. I wasn’t born yet, but have seen tape of the ’75 series. You were inspiring. You were awesome in 1979 as well. You should have been named MVP that season! Fenway Park really treated you well; your numbers at Fenway were phenomenal!
When I was younger my uncle brought me home a poster you signed for me. You retired when I was a baby, but still rank as one of my favorite Red Sox players of all time.
Your jersey is still proudly displayed when I attend games at Fenway.
Thank you very much for the responce mr.lynn.Im sendin you a 1986 donruss king its a big card. I have always wanted your autograph. Tonite im goin to a red sox rays game in the trop wondering wen ur going back to the hitters hof i hope we could meet in person one day. It was an honer talking to you. A true fan forever,Matthew Johnson
It was nice meeting you today at the Albany Country Club for the Center for Disabilities golf tournament. Thank you so much for signing the the Red Sox jersey and hat for my son, (and my shirt too) He was so happy!! Thanks again for your caring and kindness.
Don’t mention it. I had a great time at the event. Glad that we could meet and I could sign a couple of things for your son.
Hi Fred, Wow, what a blast from the past! I saw you the other night on Hell’s Kitchen and remembered how much I loved you back in the day when you were with the Sox. I was just a little kid then, but I think you were my first huge baseball player crush! I sent you and Jim Rice fan letters..We went to games every year at Fenway. We are still all fans, and last year I took my son to his first game at Fenway. He is a tall big boy, and he can really whack the ball. He is in little league and he won the “Best Sportsmanship” award for his team. Well seeing you after all these years brought back so many memories of you in CF, just wanted you to know that I was such a big fan of yours back in the day, and its now wonderful to be able to see all the wonderful things you have done since then. Paula Delaney
Hell’s Kitchen was a real trip. We were the only table to get served. People weren’t that happy and neither was Chef Ramsey….
Thanks for being a fan and congrats to your son. That’s a good award to win.
Enjoy the rest of the season and thanks for writing.
Hi Fred, some friends and I were talking about some of the most underrated ball players of all time. I remembered you was just a wee tot when I got to see you towards the end of a great career with the Tigers. Thanks for the memories.
Hi Mr. Lynn
Or as you were known in Agawam, Mass., “Freddie.” I’m living in North Carolina now and I’m now 46. You were my hero. I played little league center field and my diving catches were legendary. I loved to watch you bat but I really loved watching you field. I’m still a rapt watcher of the Sox and I get a thrill every time you’re mentioned, which is often. I know you’re a So Cal boy but you’ll always be a New Englander to me. I’ll buy you a beer if you come to Chapel Hill. Everyone in my neighborhood wanted to be Fred Lynn. And plenty of the mothers of my friends spoke of you with a certain gleem in their eyes. You’re a good man and thank you for your time in Boston. You’ll never be forgotten.
Thanks for everything!
Might take you up on that beer if I’m ever down your way.
Glad that you liked my style of play. Paying for it now somewhat but still able to play golf so I’m on the plus side.
Not sure where Agawam, Ma. is but glad that you were able to see the Sox.
I’ll be on the lookout for those “mothers”….
Thanks for the kind words and enjoy the rest of the season.
We played against each other in 1971 when you were a member of the USA team that was going to play in the Pan American games later that summer. The game was an exhibition game in Staten Island, New York. I was the left-handed center fielder for the Staten Island Pilots of the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League. I played at St. John’s University, and then played three seasons in the Phillies system. Four years later my dad saw you for the first time on national TV. He called me that night and said, “I just saw a center fielder that reminds me of you.” It was one of the nicest compliments he ever gave me.
From then on I have been a Red Sox and Fred Lynn fan. My dad passed in ’89, but I still recall that conversation with great affection. I hope everything is well with you, and thank you for the great memories.
Sorry to hear about your Dad passing but at least he got to see you play. You must have run into a few walls in your time to be compared to me. Must be a lefty thing….
I remember that summer well. We were barnstorming the eastern seaboard in preparation for the PanAm Games. We saw some very talented players and I’m sure that you were one of them. I’m guessing we beat you though….if not we ran sprints after the game….nice incentive.
I think that we had a pitcher on our team from St. Johns…..can’t remember. Getting old I guess.
Stay well and thanks for writing.
Hi again Fred,
The guy on your team from St. John’s was outfielder Mario Hewitt. Good righty stick, and a good guy.Thanks for responding to my post, and best of luck always.
I remember now. Thanks.
WEll Fred U did it again. I talked to U on the phone July9 and told u how much that meant to me. Well today my buddy that was there for the autograph signing in Arizona brought back a picture of you that you personally signed and then addressed it to me. Thanks again for doing that.This really meant alot. It is up in my livingroom and will stay there forever for myself and everone to see Awesome!!!!!!!!
My wife and and I are going to the Angel game on August 6th and I believe you are signing that day. My wife is a big fan of yours and it is her birthday that day. We will try to get there early to get your autograph. She will be thrilled to see you.
Don’t know what the setup is that day but make sure you tell me that you were on my sight.
My son asked me who Cecil Cooper is. I told him he signed a baseball player who signed a ball for me when I waa 10. Why do I have a ball signed by Cooper? My father took me to a Angel game to see the Red Sox, after the game we waited outside to get a autograph from you, I handed you my pen and a ball and asked if you would please sign the ball, you took the pen and got ready to sign when two women asked for your autograph, you kept my pen and signed for them. Cooper saw this happen and went over to you took the pen back and signed my ball. I used to see you play in college and every time the Sox came to Anaheim, that night ended that.
I apologize if I neglected to sign your ball. Doesn’t really sound like me but you were there so I’ll take your word for it. Coop is a good guy so I’m not surprised that he did that. It’s tough sometimes for a player to sign for all of the people all of the time. I don’t know what the situation was but I’m pretty good about signing for kids and I’m really sorry that I overlooked you.
Hopefully you are still a fan of the game even though maybe not mine.
I want to thank you for saying Happy Birthday to my wife Lisa. It really made her night at the signing last night. Please let me know where you will be signing next so I can have my wife get your jersey signed. Thanks again for being such a nice person. Take care.
Easy to talk to someone that pretty. You did well…..29 candles for her.
Hello there Fred from Maine…hope this note finds you well! I am so happy to find out my favorite player from the 70s/80s helps with so many great causes!! I hold animals very dear to my heart so seeing what you do for their times of need makes me smile.Thank you pal and hope to meet you again someday and by the way,have you ever been to Maine?
Jeff and his furry friends! ^..^
Animals have no one to help them but us. It’s the least we can do for all of the enjoyment that they give us.
Been to Maine. Big flies….that bite.
I’ll be in Boston for the TPC golf event in Norton at the end of the month…maybe will see you there?
Enjoy the rest of the short summer.
hi fred im a redsox fan for a long time still is i would like to know if you have a signed baseball and how much does it go for please can you let me know thank you gina hope to hear from you soon
Dear Fred: I recently reached out (thinking you must be on vacation or still in Beantown for golf tourney)about conducting a phone interview for Fox’s SC Playbook.
Think we can do that sometime in September?
I’m sure that we can get something arrranged for Sept. Just send me exactly what you are looking for. What is SC Playbook? Have something to do with Trojan football? Give me some contact info.
You were right. Have been on the road….
Fred: Thanks for getting back to me. SC Playbook is a magazine that reports independent coverage of the SC athletic program and is owned by Fox Sports. I also write for Mets Inside Pitch, among others.
Naturally, we query alumni about their playing days at the school and beyond. Would love to broach your football experience and college life, and of course, collegiate baseball career.
I wrote a piece on Frank Gifford recently that I can send you (he liked it and will also vouch for me) My email is email@example.com. Please shoot me an email and I will give you more info Fred.
Happy Labor Day, look forward to speaking to you.
PS My editor’s name is Mike Dempseyfirstname.lastname@example.org for more verification.
Fred: You can reach me at 518 221-1019 regarding the interview I requested. Would like to ask you about playing for Coach Dedeaux, among others. Thanks a lot.
Thanks for the memories.Hated to see you leave Boston and glad your back in RSNation.
Fred, Please come to Atlanta and be the new hitting coach. We need a coach that can help the young guys and you were such a great hitter I know you can help the ypung players we have. Come on down and get back into the game where all your fans want to see you.
Nobody’s knocking down my door these days to be a hitting coach. They blame that guy for just about everything….thanks for bringing my name up though…
Hey Fred, as a lefthanded sox fan that was 13 in ’75 and played centerfield from little league thru high school and wore #19, I lefthanded, I loved all your great catches in center. One of the most memorable for me was the one you made at Shea Stadium against the Yankees in ’76 I believe. A great catch robbing a home run! Do you remember that one?
We only played in Shea for a couple of seasons but was lucky enough to have made some plays there. Glad that you remember. Hopefully you made your share too. Thanks for your support.
Hey Fred then you need to kick in the door. You were such a great hitter you could hit for power and avg. I dont think anybody was knocking down the last hitting coach’s door the Braves had. I think you should give them a call as I said before your fans want to see you back in the game.
Seems like there are a lot of openings for hitting coaches. Don’t really know how much attention guys give coaches these days but they can only help if the guys listen. Think I’ll coach from my recliner like everyone else….if I were to go back it would probably be in Boston anyway…
I wasn’t born until 1988, but am still a fan! I appreciate every bit of history of the game, especially what you took part in. I especially enjoy looking back at and hearing stories of the 1975 World Series (against my Big Red Machine! ). You’re a very accomplished player, and I wish you as well as your family the best!I actually found this site doing research for a college paper on you and Reds centerfielder Drew Stubbs. Thank you for all you’ve added to the game : ) Best regards from a fan for life,
Always nice to hear from a young fan of the game. How did your paper come out? Drew Stubbs. Haven’t seen him play much as I live in the San Diego area and we don’t see the Reds much. Best of luck to you and hopefully both of our teams do better next season.
Fred, i am a two tour Vietnam vet and when I came home from southeast asia, nothing thrilled me more than watching you and Jim Rice play for the Boston Redsox. Thank you so much for the fantastic memories.
Thanks for your service. That was a tough time and you guys had it pretty rough. Running into the Green Monster wasn’t a big deal compared to what you did.
Glad that we could provide you with some good memories. I have a few too.
Happy Holidays and thanks for writing.
Hi FRED, Im a fellow Lion. I graduated in 1980. You graduated with my older sister Sandra Orosco. She aiways spoke very highly of you. I grew up watching you pelt the church in rightfield. I always marveled on how easy you made it look. What a great swing you had. Watching you play outfield was a treat too.I also played outfield when I played for Montero. Nothing worse than letting that ball hit the track.I wonder how many people knew that you actually went to USC on a football scholarship.Im glad that the baseball coach was able to choose baseball instead. what a great career you in the MLB. Followed you where ever you played. What a treat it must have been to play in Fenway. All the hall-of-famers that were part of that tradition.From Ted Williams to Yaz to Rice to name a few. Never saw a better centerfielder than yourself. I hope the Hall-of- Fame is in your future. Thanks for the great memories. GO GET-EM LIONS. Your friend, Mario Orosco class of 1980
I remember trying to cut balls off in the outfield so that they wouldn’t catch that track and also avoid the runners. Was a lot easier when I got to the pros….Nick Montero was coaching at El Monte when I was there too. My coach was Dave Sandell. He coached me on the football team as well. Loved football but I think I made the right move to baseball.
Hi to Sandra and thanks for posting.
Just received a photo back signed from you, along with a note saying that you no longer sign by mail but that my donation will be forwarded to the FACE Foundation.
I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to sign for me and for putting my donation to good use – FACE really is an excellent cause. It really means a great deal to me.
I’m living away from home at the moment, but I’ll be home in April. I’ll have to get the photo framed in time for the Sox opener!
I forgot to mention that my mother (breast cancer survivor, as I mentioned previously) is now a huge fan of yours, thanks in part to your work with Susan G. Komen. She’s been asking all kinds of questions about your career, even though she has very little interest in baseball. I’ll have to show her the ’75 World Series DVD.
If that DVD doesn’t make your Mom a fan of the game then I don’t she will ever be….thanks for trying…we need all the fans we can get.
Happy New Year to you and your family.
Big fan from many years ago. Friends with some of your old team mates, and enjoy hearing good stories about you. I am planning to write a book, and how the game changed. What I admired about players like your self, is that you had passion. Where did it all go, it’s like Jim Morrison said “Turn out the light”. I am just hoping that the game improves, and have many mentors like yourself. I told the clubs that they should have gotten the old timers out to the field more often (1920’s – 70’s). Glad that the teams you were on had great men on them like Charlie Wagner, Jimmie Reese, Brooks Robinson, George Kell, and Gerry Coleman of the Padres. God Bless, and happy holidays to you and your family. Hope to catch you at an alumni outing sometime soon.
Friends with my “old” team mates. You’ve got that right. They were all much older than I was……
I’m a big fan of The Doors so I know about your reference to “turn out the light”. The game changes just as our Country does. It will survive, just different.
Charlie Wagner, the dapper dandy……loved that guy.
Thanks for writing and good luck with your book.
Happy New Year.
You have been my favorite player of all time. I grew up in the little town on Monson Ma (now famous because of the tornado that ripped through it).
I now live in NY City and am still an avid Sox fan (as are my 3 kids). Yesterday was a great day for me as a friend here gave me a Fred Lynn signed baseball (its real) that you signed many years ago for a charity event. It goes great next to my 30 something year old Fred Lynn Wilson baseball glove from my school days.
I would love to hear about appearances either in the NY area or elsewhere. I live right next to the MLB fan cave here in NY, maybe you will come by there this year.
I am teaching my kids to play the game like you did. I never saw anyone play with the skill and passion you did. My 8 year old son Robert just started playing little league here and has already become a Fred Lynn fan. He would be so thrilled to meet you.
Thanks so much for all the memories.
Hang on to that Fred Lynn model Wilson glove. I don’t see them much anymore so it’s pretty rare….and old….
Glad that your boys are getting into the game. Check this site for any appearances that I might be making in the future. Was in Albany last summer so you never know.
Thanks for your support from New York. That can’t be easy.
Glad that I could provide some good memories for you.
Happy New Year,
So glad I stumbled upon this website. Living in the Boston area I have been a life-long Red Sox fan. My very first Sox “crush” was on you and I have been a loyal fan through the ages. One of my best birthday gifts was a personally autographed 8X10 which I still cherish. I have had the pleasure of being able to correctly answer a certain trivia question at different venues through the years: who is the only player to be Rookie of the Year and MVP!! Of course it’s you!! As an elementary PE teacher I wear my beloved #19 shirt whenever we have a Red Sox day and I get to tell the kids stories about your career.
Thanks for all you did and still do!
Happy New Year!
Hi Lee Ann,
I wanted to be a teacher too. History and coach baseball and football. Didn’t work out the way I had expected….thanks for doning the #19. Wish someone other than a pitcher wore it now.
I am honored to be your first “crush”. Maybe we will meet sometime and I would love to have my picture taken with you.
Say hey to all of your kids for me…
Happy New Year to you too.
Met Fred and his wife today at Trader Joe’s. I was born in Portland, Maine on October 5th, 1975. Played baseball through high school and have been a Red Sox fan since birth. Not a year goes by without my father explaining to me what was going on with the Red Sox in Oct 1975! I kinda feel like was on the team! Fun stuff. Go Sox!
Never know who you are going to meet at Trader Joe’s……was having a pretty good time when you were born, right up until the day we lost game 7….thanks for your support of the Sox and service to our country. Give a shout out to your Dad for me.
I showed our picture from Trader Joe’s to my Battalion Commander today. He is a 46 year old Lieutenant Colonel, Maine native, and a die hard Sox fan. Turns out that you are his favorite baseball player…ever. We spent most of last year in Afghanistan and he is having a “change of command” on Friday. He will then move on and continue his career with another unit. You are cordially invited to attend on Friday at 1000 aboard Camp Pendleton. He would absolutely be thrilled if you made it. I understand that you are a busy man and this is terribly short notice. Gotta give it a shot though. Feel free to drop me a note at email@example.com if you could somehow make it! Have a great day.
Thanks for the great years in Boston. As a lifelong Red Sox fan, growing up my “hero”was Ted Williams.I was listening on the radio during the “Splendid Splinter’s last at bat, what a way to end a career. The fact that Josh was born while the Sox were playing in the World Series was an added joy to that day.I played baseball from Little League age 8 starting in 1950 and finally retired from actively competing at age 41, including coaching High School Varsity Baseball for 13 years. I tried to instill in my 5 sons an appreciation of the game. You were/are a great role model for my sons and many other would be Major Leagers. Best of luck. John Gato
I got to talk to Teddy Ballgame many times while I was in Boston. He was larger than life and had opionions to match. We didn’t agree on the mental part of hitting but he liked my swing a lot.
You and I quit playing baseball at about the same age. I’m a golfer now with a once a year appearance on the softball diamond during the MLB All Star break….that’s enough for me now.
Will see Josh on Friday.
Sox will be better this year but the staff still suspect…..
All the best and thanks for writing.
I can’t tell you what a thrill it was that you came out to my Change of Command. As my childhood hero you lived up to all of my expectations. Gracious, and an absolute gentleman. It was a sad day to have to give up command, but having you there made it great! Thanks again, and go SOX!
It was an absolute pleasure to be a part of the Change of Command Ceremony. You hit a home run with your speech and I’m sure that you will be missed.
The Sox will be in the running this year if their staff holds up. But first, we have to bring the Patriots home this Saturday.
All the best to you and your family.
Fred & Natalie:
We here in Boulder City wish you the best and hope that Fred Senior does okay with the operation scheduled for January 24th. You are great people and you both have a fine dad! Fred told us about the change of command. We love him.
Dick, Jo, Garrett Calloway, and Garrett’s entire family
Thanks for the good words for Dad. He is in very good hands as he has the best doctor for this type of surgery.
The Change of Command Ceremony was a treat for me. My hats off to the all military personnel.
Thanks for writing.
It was an absolute treat to play a round at Del Mar CC with you last week for the MLBPA event. Thank you for sharing some great stories and for carrying the team, you’re a true class act and a heck of a golfer.
I hope we can do it again next year.
All the best,
Hey Fred – Wanted to say hello and also thanks. Back in about 82 when you were with the Angels (and I was about 14). I wrote a fan letter to you. You quickly replied and autographed a few bball cards for me. I was stunned out at your kindness. I followed your entire career SC to San Diego. Sweet swinging, fearless CF. I remember well your series vs. the Brewers in 82 – should have and would have been MVP of that series! As a live long Yankee fan, I had to keep my admiration of you pretty quiet…. you’d have been great in Yankee Stadium with that swing and big CF… What kept you from signing with the Yanks after the ’70 amateur draft? Regards, all the best to you and yours. Robert
Thanks for the quiet support. I understand how it is for you Yankee guys.
I told all of the scouts that I was going to SC to play football and baseball so most of them passed on me in the first round but the Yankees still drafted me. Waste of a pick as I went to SC. I’m sure that I would have done well in NY. That stadium suited me.
thanks for you support…
Loved watching you , Jim Rice and Dewey control the outfield
Hey Fred, hope to to see you in Boston again this coming baseball season. Hopefully you will be attending the 100 year open house celebration. It would be fitting that you would be there. Hope you got an invite!
See ya soon!
Will be coming back a few times this season. Did get an invite for the 100 year celebration but won’t be able to make it that day. Just need the team to get untracked before any of that happens.
Enjoy the season.
Just wanted to let you know that you were my favorite Red Sox player. I was a young girl when i got to see you and Carlton Fisk, Carl Yaztremszki,Jim Rice and the rest of the guys back in 1975 at Fenway. I was a tomboy back then and I loved baseball and my father is from Everett just outside of Boston and was a huge fan of the Red Sox and he took me to Fenway Park and i was awestruck at the big monster. I have so many memories of being there and watching the game.I have been a Red Sox fan ever since. Now im a mother and grandmother and i hope some day my grandchildren will get the chance to go to Boston and see the Red Sox in action. You were a fantastic player and you had made me a devoted fan ever since. I sure wished you were at the anniversary at Fenway Park. What a celebration that was! God Bless You and take care. Sherry
Glad that you were able to share some memories with your Dad at Fenway. I was in London and Paris celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary during the Sox event. I will be back a few times this summer to see my friends. Thanks for being a fan of the game.
Thanks to you I am a life long Red Sox fan. I remember watching you as a 10 year old during your rookie year. I loved the way you played the game and I have shared my memories with my boys, who are also Red Sox fans. I wish more people could see the way you played the game. My family and I live in New Mexico and we had never been to Fenway. But last year my oldest son and I traveled to Boston after his high school graduation and enjoyed a couple games. I hope you enjoyed your anniversary. I was shocked you were not at the anniversary game but now after reading why I understand. Take Care Henry
I remember watching the Red Sox on tv with my dad growing up and watching you, Carlton Fisk, Carl Yaztremski and we can’t forget Tony Conigliaro. Still love the Red Sox to this day. Always will! I still haven’t had the chance to go to Fenway. Maybe one day I will have the chance.
Glad that you were able to have some good memeories with your Dad. If at all possible you must get to Fenway for a game. There isn’t anything like watching a baseball game in that park. Hopefully this years team will provide you and your family with more good memories….
What a world we live in – I was watching on my computer in Oregon simultaneously with my son in Seattle, Wa as we watched the Fenway 100 year celebration. We were texting as familiar players came out of the tunnel – I was just stunned that you weren’t there – of course family is first! It was just a great moment with my son. I followed the Sox from Hawaii starting with YAZ in ’67 and in Hawaii, baseball is huge and USC baseball is huge too with Coach Rod – anyway was so excited with your seasons with Boston and gave the disease to my son – we watch a series each summer in Seattle. Please let me know, you chose to wear #8 after leaving the BoSox, was that anything to do with YAZ? Best wishes to you and thanks for the memories, you are one of the good ones!
Peace and Aloha!
My wife and I had made plans to go to Europe last October so we were locked in to that trip and couldn’t be at Fenway for the celebration. Going back this week to see the boys play and hopefully win. I played some baseball in Hawaii during my college days at USC. Loved it. I wore number 8 for the Angeles one year because 19 was taken by Bert Campernaris. It was my college number.
Thanks for being a fan of the game.
You were my favorite centerfielder ( other than Mays) of all time. Even thou I am a Chicago White Sox fan I am a baseball fan first. I enjoyed watching you play. You were such a smooth fielder, you made fielding so easy and an inspiration to me not to mention a great clutch hitter and hitter in general. Enjoy your retirement!!! Hopefully I’ll be joining you soon in retirement!
I’m from Chicago too. Cubs guy though….
Mays and Clemente were the guys that I liked to watch. Wish that I could have played with or against them. Good luck with your retirement. You won’t know what you do from day to day but it will take up all of your time….
I was fortunate enough to meet you at the Friday, May 11th game at Fenway. I have been a fan since I was very young and meeting you was a true pleasure. You brought back many memories from that era. It was also my birthday and came up for the weekend from New Jersey to see a Red Sox game. Not easy being a Sox fan from the NYC Yankee area…Booo Yankees..lol.. Thank you for making my weekend a birthday I will never forget!
I’m glad that I got to meet you at Fenway on your birthday. Maybe you brought them some luck as they haven’t lost since you were there….thanks for your support and keep your head down while in Yankee Country.
I’m jealous of Cindy- I was at Fenway on May 12 but didn’t get a chance to meet you. Nice to see you and the tribute was well deserved. You are still my all time favorite athlete and hopefully someday I will get a chance to meet you. Also love what you do with FACE. I rescue greyhounds and love to hear when people help animals (and owners) in need. Take care
Hey Dave B
We tried to rescue a greyhound a number of years ago and it broke two sprinkler heads while chasing through the backyard and then came into the house and raced upstairs with muddy paws on our white carpet…..loved the dog just too big for our place. Hence FACE.
Maybe see you at a game sometime and good job with the Greyhounds….
I jsu caught a re -broadcast of th 100th Anniversary celebration … better than ANY rerun says this 72 yr old basebal and RED SOX fan . Again I missed you, as I missed your 1st pitch on 5/11 (don’t ask me how
Thank you for such great memories .. you and Dewie in the outfield … luv your Fredlynn.net !!! Stay well and happy with your “silver bride” # 19 ….
Thanks for being a big fan and sorry that you missed my perfect strike to Pedroia on 5/11. My silver bride and I will be back to Boston in the summer so maybe you will see us then….enjoy the rest of the season..
What would you say was your best season as a player. My vote is ’79. Thanks for all the great Sox memories from a lifelong Red Sox Fan
’79 was a good year for me but ’75 wins out because we got to the Series….enjoy the rest of the season.
I just have to tell you, I was out shopping today and came accross a louisville slugger with your signature engraved on it. I knew I just had to buy it and find out just who this mysterious ball player was. Congratulations on a wonderful ball career!
Don’t know if you realize this but that is extremely rare to find. I haven’t seen one in at least thirty years. You can use it to mash potatoes….thanks for writing.
I have so many awesome memories of watching you play with the Red Sox. Like many of the other good folks who have commented here, I wanted to be you. Whenever I got to bat in Little League, I would emulate your stance and the way you’d slide your hand up the bat. [It worked much better for you, I think. Ha,ha].
One of my very favorite memories of my childhood was the chance to meet you at an autograph signing…I think at a Sears store. You were so very kind and patient with what was a VERY long line of fans. It was a really awesome experience for a kid to get to see that someone they considered a hero on the field was every bit the kind, patient man and hero off the field as well.
Thanks for this venue to say hello and thank you for such an awesome memory. Peace,
Hey Fr. Brian,
I remember those signings being a long wait for you guys not me. You were the ones that were patient and I really appreciated that. Glad that we got to meet. Hope you enjoy the Sox this summer. Think they will be in it when they get healthy.
Congratulations on 25! Happy 4th. Hopefully be back for good….soon.
Look forward to that day….
Remembering the fantastic 1983 All Star Game-just watched parts of it again! Hope an Angel can hit a grand slam HR this year, but your achievement will still be the best!
Almost happened this year. As more Angels make the team the more likely it will be that another one will hit a grand slam in the All Star Game. Although the AL needs to score in order for that to happen……
I had the opportunity to meet you at an autograph show in Connecticut. I believe it was 1992. You signed a number of items for me including a game-used bat. You were also gracious enough to spend time chatting with me toward the end of the show and the line grew shorter. I am trying to find out how to get the 1982 picture with you, Don Baylor, Reggie Jackson, and Rod Carew. Any idea on where I could purchase an unsigned copy of that photo? Thanks again.
That picture was in SI so if you can’t find an 8X10 somewhere check out some old SI issues of 82 and you might find one there.
Good luck and maybe will see you again at another show.
Thanks for taking the time and responding so quickly to my question. I am going to keep looking for someone who sells that 1982 picture. I am also interested in sending in a jersey to be signed at your November show. Do you have a favorite jersey (year, home, road) from your playing days?
Don’t know that I have a favorite as I really didn’t keep all of my uniforms. Always liked our home uniform from the 79 Sox.
Will look forward to the show in November.
Hey Fred, it’s the greyhound guy again. Is there any info on the show in November? I don’t want to miss that one. Also, what do you consider your best day – June 18, 1975 vs. Detroit, or the ’83 All-star game? Take care.
No new info on the show. Will post it here when I know for sure the date and time.
Both are records but it’s harder to drive in 10 runs then to hit a grandslam. Although no one else has done it yet so who knows?
Heard you on the radio with Hank Goldberg while driving in So. Florida. Brought back some memories. When I was 18 y/o I took the job of security guard with Dunbar Security working the left field foul line at Muzzy field for the Bristol Red Sox. I just loved baseball, what a great summer job(so I thought). But I got to watch some great players when they were young, most notably youself and Jim Rice.
I am a Yankee fan but I love the sport and the players more. I went to a double header(I’m pretty sure) in Shea Stadium(1975?) and you had a great day. I can’t remember the details but I think you killed my Yanks at bat and in the field. Do you remember that day? I don’t think you remember me chasing down brats at Muzzy Field.
Don’t remember a need for security at Muzzy Field as not many people came to our games….must have been kind of slow for you. I do remember that doubleheader with the Yanks. It was at Shea and we shut them out both games. I made a catch in leftcenter that Nettles hit which saved the first game which we won 1-0 against Catfish Hunter. That knocked them out of it and won it for us….glad that you were able to see it….
Yanks are tough this year…enjoy the rest of the season.
You were my hero when I was a kid growing up in the Boston area in the 1970’s & 80’s. Now I have two boys who love baseball. Recently, I showed them some of your highlights on youtube and they think you were pretty good too. Thanks for the memories.
Glad that your two boys are enjoying baseball. Have they gone to Fenway yet? They will be hooked forever when they do….
Enjoy the rest of the season.
I could ramble on ad nauseam about every childhood memory I have of your career, but I would hardly be the first to have done that. Suffice to say that you were (and are) the only idol I’ve ever had.
However, there is one memory that I have that is a bit different than those.
I went to Anaheim to see you play (once while you still played for the Red Sox and once while you were with the Angels).
I went to Baltimore on a few occasions(when you were still with the Red Sox and when you were with the Orioles).
Sadly, whether you were injured or not playing due to a lefty throwing (I never knew the real reason), I didn’t get to see you play.
Then one night in San Diego, I’m sitting in the nosebleeds with a bunch of co-workers when I hear your name announced as the next batter. It was pathetic, but I hadn’t even realized you were playing for the Padres that year. I grabbed someone’s binoculars and watched as you singled into right.
No one around me understood, but it was, and is still, the crowning moment of my trips to the ballfield.
Thank you for playing the way you did. I may have missed you in your heyday, but it was worth the wait.
Sorry that I wasn’t in the lineup when you went to those games. I want you to know that I never was out of the lineup because of who was pitching for the other team. Injuries kept me out a lot in the second half of my career. I know that I let down the fans but believe me it was much harder for me than it was for you guys. But, glad you were able to see me in my unforgetable year with the Padres
Enjoy the rest of the season and maybe catch me on ESPN Classics…..
Hello Fred, my husband is a BIG fan of yours. My husband Kurt was a Red Sox fan when you played for them, then when you were traded to the Angels, he became a fan and has been ever since. We just heard that you are throwing the first pitch at the Portland Seadogs game on Sept 1st and we live half hour away and we are hoping to get there to see you! That would be my husband’s dream to meet you face to face. Take care!
I’ll be there. Make sure that you mention that you wrote to me on my site. Look forward to seeing the Seadogs play. See you there.
Fred, I saw your performance with Costas and Bench on the greatest games ever played series and was very impressed! A lot of times ball players are not all that interesting to listen to but I thought you and Bench did a very nice job and I loved your sense of humor. I found this site as by accident but I was just making a case for you as a HOF’er with my buddy. I broached the question of if you retire after your first 12 years do you get in? Since you dominated pretty much through that time with 9 straight AS game appearances and twice leading in OPS and 4 GG’s the answer might be yes. If so, then hitting 23 home runs for a few more years with a couple of different teams should not have hurt your chances in my opinion! Anyways, loved you and Decinces as my early favorite players (although to be honest it was Doug #1 and then you #3) but your insight and wit as well as a few impressive softball celebrity performances have me hunting for a Fred Lynn retro jersey to wear! (not easy to find!) I appreciate the all-star memories as well, you were awesome on that stage! I saw ’80 and ’83 when I was 7 and 10 and have seen some of the others on those old Mel Allen AS game shows.
Glad you liked the piece about game 6. It was a great game and was fun to see John again and talk about that series.
I needed to have more at bats to get into the HOF. I’m as good as they are just couldn’t stay on the field long enough to prove it.
Good luck with your hunt for one of my jerseys. Aren’t many of those around.
TWIB with Mel Allen put me on the map nationaly. It was fortunate that the plays that I made were on the game of the week otherwise no one would have ever seen them.
All the best,
You were at the Portland Sea Dogs game tonight for first pitch and to sign autographs. You were so nice and signed my “Fred Lynn” #19 jersey. I can’t thank you enough. To say I was elated is an understatement. I waited 36 years to meet you and it was so worth it.
Glad you had a good time at the Sea Dogs game. My first time there and loved the park. It was fun to see all of the fans come out to see an “old timer”.
Thanks for stopping by.
Hi Mr. Lynn. On a Fenway tour, we went by the Red Sox hall of fame and the guide listed players honored and she mentioned your name. I know that your Boston career ended far too soon but how much of a thrill was it to be honored by the Red Sox?
It is always rewarding to have a team that you played for honor you. Even though I did not spend my entire career with the Sox I have a lot of good memories of playing in Fenway.
Hi Mr. Lynn how you like i have a 1975 baseball card that i would like to get it sign. i want it to my grandchildren
Happy Birthday Mr. Lynn
Hope you’re having a great time. Wishing you all the best. You were one of the best! Certainly the best of your era! I have always been a great admirer of your style of play, your coolness and grace on and off the field. Congratulations!
If you’re ever in Vancouver Canada, there will always be a cold drink and nachos waiting for you.
I`m a Yankee fan who saw you hit the grand slam in Comisky Park, in the 1983 All Star game. It was great! (Anyway you were playing for the Angels and won the well deserved MVP!) Thanks for that memory and hope you and your family are well.
Hi Fred, my name is Jason and as I a kid I watched you play for the Angels. I’m was (and currently still) a big fan. Coincidentally, you went to school with my mom over at El Monte High (I didn’t know this until I was older!) I just want to say thanks for being a great inspiration all these years. Although I never played baseball or aspired to be a baseball player, I’ve always loved the game. Growing up in El Monte was tough and back then families like mine had a tough time getting to college. As a kid I knew you went to SC and when I went for a school visit while I was in Junior High I knew I wanted to go there too. I thought if a guy like Fred Lynn from El Monte can go why can’t I? I’ve never forgotten that and it has served as a driving force with me all this time. I am a father now coaching my 7 year-old son here in Orange County. I tell him all the great stories of baseball lore (MLB and USC, of course!), all the great players and coaches, but I mention you as a special case of encouragement and motivation. If you ask my son what school he’s going to go to, he’s says USC! Thanks for letting us dream. More importantly, thanks for enabling me to pass the dream on to the next generation.
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In 2002, Fred Lynn was named to the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame.