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Red Sox maestro Charles Steinberg honored

From left: Charles Steinberg, ADL national director Abraham Foxman, Marilyn McCoo, and Billy Davis Jr.

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From left: Charles Steinberg, ADL national director Abraham Foxman, Marilyn McCoo, and Billy Davis Jr.

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Dr. Charles Steinberg, the grand poobah of promotions for the Red Sox, received the Distinguished Community Service Award from the Anti-Defamation League at Fenway Tuesday. (The award honoring a commitment to “social justice and community building” was given to Steinberg for the team’s various charitable endeavors and its efforts after the Boston Marathon bombings.) Sox players David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia served as the event’s honorary co-chairs, and the evening included a performance by Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. of the 5th Dimension. Why them, you say? Steinberg became friendly with the husband and wife duo during his time with the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 2008, they sang the national anthem at a Dodgers-Red Sox preseason game attended by 115,000 fans, and later recorded a song written by Steinberg called “That’s When I Fell in Love With Baseball.” (If you’re curious, the song can be found on a CD called “Dodgers Baseball: Music to Your Ears.”) McCoo and Davis performed three songs at Tuesday’s event, including “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In,” arguably the 5th Dimension’s biggest hit. “When some people meet Marilyn and Billy, they melt because of ‘Aquarius’ and the 5th Dimension,” Steinberg told us. “And some people remember Marilyn from ‘Solid Gold.’ It’s great that they were able to be here. They believe in the cause and they appreciate the work of the ADL.”

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