The Boston BullPen Project presents The Dream Team:

The 1980s Boston Globe Sports Staff

Join us for an unforgettable evening of sports, stories, and support as the Boston BullPen Project hosts the iconic ensemble dubbed by Sports Illustrated as “the greatest sports staff ever.”  

More than just a celebration of Boston’s iconic sports history, this event serves as a vital fundraiser for the Boston BullPen Project’s impactful initiatives. By attending, you directly contribute to the betterment of our community.

100% of proceeds go to individuals experiencing hardship in Greater Boston and beyond.

Experience Sports History Live

Prepare for an immersive evening featuring riveting discussions, behind-the-scenes stories, and a captivating exploration of the moments that have shaped Boston’s sports narrative. With panelists including Peter Gammons, Sean McDonough, Leigh Montville, Bob Ryan, Dan Shaughnessy, and Lesley Visser, this is a rare opportunity to witness sports history unfold before your eyes! 

It’s time to discover Boston’s rich sports journalism heritage as we dive into the moments that shaped Boston’s history.

So, will you come together and help preserve Boston’s sports heritage while positively impacting the community!?

Peter Gammons

Born in Boston, Gammons worked for the Boston Globe as the main journalist covering the Boston Red Sox. He later wrote as a lead baseball columnist for Sports Illustrated. Gammons has received many honors during his career, including the prestigious J.G. Taylor Spink Award.  He has been named by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association as National Sportswriter of the Year in 1989, 1990, and 1993.

Sean McDonough

Sean McDonough will be appearing on behalf of his father, the late legendary sportswriter Will McDonough.  Will McDonough grew up in South Boston and later worked for the Globe. He spent the majority of his 40 + year career covering football before becoming an associate editor. He has been referred to as “the most influential reporter covering the NFL.”

Sean McDonough is a nationally renowned sports announcer. He is ESPN’s lead play-by-play announcer for the NHL, a premier ESPN college football announcer, and a part-time play-by-play announcer for the Boston Red Sox. Widely regarded as one of the best in the business, McDonough has covered the World Series, the NCAA Final Four, the Olympic Games, Monday Night Football, the U.S. Open, all four major golf championships, and more.

Leigh Montville

Montville spent 21 years working as a columnist at the Boston Globe and 12 years as a senior writer for Sports Illustrated. He has been a three-time NY Times Bestselling author, including The Big Bam, a biography of Babe Ruth, and Ted Williams: The Biography of an American Hero. He was inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame on May 4, 2009.

Bob Ryan

Bob Ryan, a retired columnist who began writing for the Globe in 1968, has left an indelible mark on sports journalism. Renowned for his coverage of basketball, particularly the Boston Celtics, Ryan’s illustrious career spanned 44 years until his retirement in 2021. Described as “the quintessential American sportswriter,” Ryan’s contributions have been celebrated with numerous awards and honors, including being named the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association National Sportswriter of the Year four times (2000, 2007, 2008, 2009). He was also the recipient of the 1996 Curt Gowdy Award from the Basketball Hall of Fame, the 2006 Dick Schaap Award for Outstanding Journalism, and the 2015 PEN/ESPN Lifetime Achievement Award for Literary Sports Writing.

Dan Shaughnessy

Shaughnessy is a sports columnist and associate editor at the Boston Globe. He worked part-time from 1973-77 and rejoined the Globe full-time in 1981. He has received the J.G. Taylor Spink Award, has been named Massachusetts Sportswriter of the Year 14 times, and has been voted 12 times by the Associated Press Sports Editors as one of America’s top 10 sports columnists.

Lesley Visser

Visser is the first female NFL analyst on TV and the only sportscaster to ever work on the Final Four, the NBA Finals, the World Series, the Triple Crown, Monday Night Football, the Olympics, the Super Bowl, the World Figure Skating Championships, and the U.S. Open network broadcasts! She has been voted the No. 1 Female Sportscaster of all time by the American Sportscasters Association and was inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriter Association’s Hall of Fame in 2015 and the International Sports Hall of Fame in 2020.

Event Sponsors

 

Support a Great Cause While Hearing From Boston’s Most Famous Sports Writing Legends 

Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind event honoring the legacy of these sports icons and supporting the community through the Boston BullPen Project.

Tickets are limited, so secure your spot for an evening of nostalgia, camaraderie, and giving back. 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Where do I need to park?

Parking is readily available in the expansive lot directly outside the entrance to Jordan’s and Fuddruckers. Please refer to the easily identifiable Jordan’s IMAX Theater façade for guidance. This lot offers ample space, ensuring convenience and proximity to the event’s entrance.

What is the dress attire?

Casual to business casual attire.

What are the food options?

Delight in a special dining experience at Fuddruckers inside Jordan’s IMAX Theater, where a tempting array of meals awaits. As an event attendee, you’re entitled to an exclusive 10% discount on all meals. Simply present your event ticket to your server, and the discount will be applied. Please note that Jordan’s IMAX Theater, including the Fuddruckers restaurant, will close at 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 14. We recommend arriving early to enjoy your meal, as the venue and restaurant will not be available after our event concludes.

What is the event about?

The Boston BullPen Project presents “The Dream Team: The 1980s Boston Globe Sports Staff” on April 14th from 6 to 8 p.m. at Jordan’s Furniture IMAX Theatre in Reading, MA. This event celebrates Boston’s sports journalism heritage, featuring discussions and stories from iconic sports journalists. All proceeds support individuals experiencing hardship in Greater Boston and beyond.

Who will be speaking at the event?

Speakers include renowned journalists Peter Gammons, Sean McDonough, Leigh Montville, Bob Ryan, Dan Shaughnessy, and Lesley Visser. They will share behind-the-scenes stories and explore pivotal moments in Boston’s sports history.

How do the proceeds from the event benefit the community?

100% of the event’s proceeds go towards the Boston BullPen Project’s initiatives to support individuals facing hardship in Greater Boston and beyond, contributing to the betterment of the community.

How can I purchase tickets?

Tickets can be purchased by visiting the Boston BullPen Project’s website, Eventbrite,  or contacting the BullPen directly at contact@bostonbullpenproject.org. As tickets are limited, it’s recommended that you secure your tickets early.

Is there a media kit available for the event?

A media kit can be downloaded from the Boston BullPen Project’s event website: https://bostonbullpenproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/BBPP-Media-Kit-April-8-2024.pdf. For further media inquiries, email contact@bostonbullpenproject.org.

Is there a Press Release for the event?

Yes, the Press Release can be found by following this link: https://bostonbullpenproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/Copy-of-Press-Release-BP.pdf

Are donations to the Boston BullPen Project tax-deductible?

Yes, the Boston BullPen Project Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization and donations are tax-deductible. The IRS ruling year is 2017, and the EIN is 81-5329905.

How can I become a sponsor for the event?

For sponsorship opportunities, please visit the BullPen Sponsorship webpage or email us at contact@bostonbullpenproject.org to learn more about how you can support this event and the community.

Will there be accommodations for individuals with disabilities?

Events at Jordan’s Furniture IMAX Theatre are usually accessible to individuals with disabilities. However, contacting the venue directly for specific accommodation requests is best to ensure a comfortable and accessible experience.

Can I get a refund if I cannot attend after purchasing a ticket?

Tickets are transferable but not refundable.

If you have any other inquiries not covered in the FAQs, please email the BullPen at contact@bostonbullpenproject.org.

For media inquiries and all other questions, email contact@bostonbullpenproject.org
Boston BullPen Project Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 2017, and donations are tax-deductible.

EIN: 81-5329905

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