Harry Agganis' Tragic Death Was 61 Years Ago Today
Harry Agganis—one of the greatest athletes ever to emerge from New England—passed away 61 years ago today at the far too young age of 26. "The Golden Greek", who starred for his hometown football team (Lynn, MA), quarterbacked at Boston University and got to play first base for his hometown Boston Red Sox, was a true local hero. He only played in 157 games for The Carmine Hose, but was having a stellar start to his second season (.313 in 25 games). Suddenly, in May, he was hospitalized for chest pains — which developed into pneumonia. Shortly thereafter, he succumbed to a pulmonary embolism. His tragic death stunned the sports world and left a scar on the local community that has taken decades to heal. One can only speculate as to how great a Red Sox career he would have had.