On Wednesday night, Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers became the first person to win baseball's triple crown since Red Sox legend Carl Yastrzemski accomplished that feat in 1967.
Around that time, Yastrzemski also moved to Lynnfield, and he lived in town for years. One local piece of Red Sox lore says that Yaz even planted some of the grass from Fenway Park on his front lawn. Another article I read a year or two ago recalled how Yastrzemski was at the former Colonial in the mid to late 1960s and encountered a Hungarian fitness trainer who basically mocked the future Hall of Famer's physique and motivated him to start lifting weights. So for all we know, a piece of baseball history became possible in good part because of a chance encounter at the old Colonial.
Of course, Yaz is hardly the only Boston sports standout to live in Lynnfield over the years, with various other Bruins, and Red Sox, including one of my all-time favorites, Dwight Evans, having called the town home at times, along with one or two Celtics players. But today I'm asking about Yastrzemski, in light of his 1967 triple crown feat having finally been equalled.
In some Lynnfield history articles in previous months, Yastrzemski's name has come up once or twice in the comments. I know that a fair number of residents likely remember him at least fairly well. Many people at least seem to remember what street he lived on for example.
So with this, I ask you, longtime Lynnfielders - do you remember when Yaz lived in town? Feel free to post your comments in the answer box below!