Norman Rockwell's "The Loser" was the cover of "The Saturday Evening Post" on Nov. 8., 1958. Bernard "Dick" Casey was his model.

Dick Casey – Red Sox’s No. 1 fan for 70 Years

In 1915, Dick Casey organized and played on his own minor league team, “The Casey All-Stars,” which toured Canada and Maine for the next 11 years. The All-Stars were Casey’s picks of the best college baseball players from five Boston colleges – Boston College, Brandeis, Harvard, Boston University and Northeastern. Each player earned $30, except for pitchers who picked up $5 extra.

When Casey retired from the field in 1927, the team died. But he couldn’t keep his fingers out of the business. Three years later, he joined Bill Mullen and Bob Cusick in forming the Boston Park League, the oldest semi-pro sand lot league in America.

Dick Casey - Red Sox's No. 1 fan for 70 Years

Dick Casey – Red Sox’s No. 1 fan for 70 Years

Dick Casey with Red Sox Manager Ralph Houk

Dick Casey with Red Sox Manager Ralph Houk

Copyright © 1981 Lakeland Ledger, all rights reserved. Written by Terry Head.

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