In 1982, construction of Fenway Park's first true luxury boxes was focused on the first-base side of the park's grandstand roof, replacing roof box seats that were installed in the late 1940s. Wade Boggs also debuted at Fenway Park for the Red Sox, who got off to their best start since 1946 but faded down the stretch. In May, an Old-Timers Day brought back many famous faces to the ballpark
Record: 89-73, 3rd in American League East
Manager: Ralph G. Houk
1982 began on a difficult note for Red Sox fans: in early January, Tony Conigliaro came to Boston to interview for a broadcasting position and on January 9, he suffered a massive heart attack as he was being driven back to Logan Airport by his brother Billy. In the aftermath of the heart attack, Tony spent nearly eight years bedridden before he passed away in 1990.
For the second year in a row, the Red Sox opened up at home against the White Sox and just like in 1981, former Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk helped lead the White Sox to victory over his old club, going 2 for 3 at the plate in the 3-2 Chicago win.
On May 3, the Red Sox beat visiting Minnesota 6-2 thanks in part to Dave Stapleton's inside-the-park home run. With the victory Boston's record stood at 16-7, their best start since 1946.
For the most part, the Red Sox held onto first place through the All-Star Break but dropped off in the second half and finished six games behind the Brewers.
Though Carney Lansford performed well at the hot corner, rookie Wade Boggs emerged at third base in 1982. Boggs hit .349 with only 381 plate appearances and didn't qualify for the batting title. Dwight Evans again led the team offensively with 32 homers and 98 RBIs. Right-hander Mark Clear posted a 14-9 record, Dennis Eckersley and John Tudor each won 13, and Bob Stanley picked up 12 victories in relief.
Fenway Park renovations in 1982 focused on the first-base side of the grandstand roof, where the construction of the ballpark's first true luxury boxes started with 21 boxes that were built adjacent to the press box towards right field. In addition, over 300 seats were built on the grandstand roof in right field.
For the first time in several decades, Fenway Park hosted an Old-Timers game in 1982 before the Red Sox squared off against the Texas Rangers. Several Red Sox legends appeared and played but the great Ted Williams stole the show with a running shoestring catch that brought the Fenway crowd to its feet.
|1982 Non-Red Sox Baseball At Fenway Park|
|May 1||Old-Timers Game|