Friday, August 22, 2014

Carl Yastrzemski Turns Seventy-Five Today

(Sports Illustrated Photo)
If you're old enough, you probably remember 'Big Yaz Bread' on the grocery shelves or recall driving past 'Yaz Ford' on Route One North (then affectionately known as 'The Newburyport Turnpike'). Well, today, the namesake of those iconic Boston brands—Carl Yastrzemski —turns 75 years old. His Triple Crown year in 1967 was the centerpiece of the 'Impossible Dream' season that was the true beginning of this thing we call Red Sox Nation. Yaz and his mates ended their own curse in '67—a 21-year pennant drought for The Carmine Hose. Think about it. In 1961, Yastrzemski had the incredibly daunting task of taking over in left field for Ted Williams. Not only did he do it well—he forged a Hall of Fame career out of it. Congrats to Yaz on this special birthday!