Did you know that Ray Collins from Colchester, VT was the starting pitcher in the first ever World Series game to be played at Fenway back in 1912?
He pitched in two games in that series both in losing causes. In Game 2, which was the first one played at Fenway, he was relieved in the 8th inning with the Boston down 5-4 against the NY Giants.
Boston tied the score in the bottom of the 8th and the game was finally
called after 11 innings because of darkness. The game was officially
ruled a tie. Ray pitched again in the the 6th game, coming on in the
second inning with Boston down 5-0 and pitched shutout ball for the rest
of the game. Unfortunately, the Giants won 5-2. However, Boston did win
the series in the 8th game to become World Champions.
Ray played for the Red Sox from 1909 to 1915 and retired to the family farm in Colchester. Ray, a graduate of UVM and star of the UVM baseball team, was inducted into the UVM Hall of Fame in 1969.
Check out the Ray Collins blog for some great information on Ray.