This is my ode about the time I spent with my grandfather on Cape Cod. I hope to honor the summers we shared and the teams we rooted for by reuniting a game used bat for every Red Sox position player from 1975 to 1986. This is for you Gus!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Andy Merchant

Andy Merchant was born on Ted Williams' 32nd birthday and from an early age made a name for himself on the fields of Mobile Alabama. Recruited by Auburn, Merchant once pounded out six hits in a single game and was named to the All S.E.C. team his senior year. With talent like that it wasn't long before Milt Bolling signed another prospect from the deep South to a Red Sox contract.

Despite high hopes Merchant found himself in a glut of catching talent stuck behind Carlton Fisk and only saw Major League action in three games between the 1975 and 76 seasons. After his last cup of coffee Merchant returned to Pawtucket where he platooned with Gary Allenson through the end of the 1979 season. A January 1980 phone call from the Sox front office inviting Merchant to spring training was cut short due to bad reception and led to a misunderstanding that found Merchant working full-time for Alabama Power and Red Sox management looking at his empty locker in Winter Haven wondering where he was.

5 bats down 78 to go.

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