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This Day in Boston History

August 22nd, 1939

Yaz's Birthday
Yaz #8
Carl Michael Yastrzemski, better known as "Yaz" or "Captain Carl", was born on August 22, 1939 in Southhampton, Long Island. After an amazing 23 years at Fenway Park Yaz's number 8 was retired.

Sox fans remember him most for his 1967 season, the year of The Impossible Dream. He was the engine that carried the team to an unexpected pennant win, and to the World Series. In the process he won Baseball's Triple Crown by hitting .326 with 44 HR and 121 RBI. Considered the finest defensive right fielder of his time, he received the Golden Glove award 7 times, and was one of only 19 players admitted to Baseball's Hall of Fame on the first ballot.


England's Prime Minister never expected this tea tax to cause an outcry, let alone revolution. In 1767, England reduced its property taxes at home. To balance the national budget they needed to find a mechanism for the American colonies to pay for the expense of stationing officials in them. The officials would generate their own revenue by collecting taxes on all imported goods, and once paid affixing stamps on them. This Stamp Tax generated more in the way of protests and smuggling than added revenue.

Religion. Politics. Rebellion. Boston’s pedigree was forged back in England in the midst of religious dissension, where Puritans and Pilgrims sought religious reform, and Cavaliers and Roundheads vied for political power. The question isn't where did Boston get its name – but how.

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