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!

Friday, June 10, 2016

LaSchelle Tarver

If not for a September surge of an age old rivalry, a liberal beer sales policy at Yankee Stadium and one Thomas J. Nihill, the month long Major League career of LaSchelle Tarver may have been lost to history. A career minor leaguer who's 13 games in the show produced an anemic .120 slugging percentage, the only evidence Tarver actually wielded a bat can be found in a September 13, 1986 police report.

On that day Jim Rice pursued a fly ball into the Yankee Stadium stands and when he emerged from the crowd he was without the ball and his hat. Madness ensued. Within seconds Rice was joined by his Red Sox teammates, including LaSchelle Tarver who was carrying a bat. When the dust settled Yankees fan Thomas J. Nihill was in cuffs, Jim Rice had his hat back and LaSchelle Tarver, having once again failed to make contact, was not charged with a crime.

10 bats down 73 to go.


  1. It's fun to imagine that yours is that bat that Tarver wielded on that fateful day - I'd never heard of this story before!

    1. I wish it were Tony. It is from the 1986 labeling period, but has his Pawtucket number on the knob. Thanks for reading!