SHREWSBURY — She has watched Ted shoot pigeons at Fenway. Heard the sickening sound of the fastball that crushed Tony C’s cheekbone. Hung out with the DiMaggio brothers. And written letters for an appreciative Yaz.
As personal secretary for longtime Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey and general manager Dick O’Connell, Mary Trank was the gatekeeper to power at Fenway Park from 1946 through 1976.
Trank was summoned to the mental hospital by Jimmy Piersall after his nervous breakdown, and Johnny Pesky confided in her about whether or not he held the ball in the 1946 World Series.
There is something about Mary that everyone loves.
“She was a happy person, always joking, she was just enjoyable to be around, such a wonderful personality,” says former Red Sox pitcher Bill Monbouquette, who won 20 games in 1963.
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