(Boston, Massachusetts, United States) – On Friday, May 13, 2016 the historic ballpark, Fenway Park, will be hosting Greek Heritage Night, which is set to honor Harry Agannis, a Greek-American and Massachusetts native who played on the Boston Red Sox from 1954 to 1955. The event is sponsored by the SONS OF PERICLES Boston Hub Chapter 27 and Boston Athens Chapter 24 of the Order of AHEPA. During this time, the Boston Red Sox is scheduled to play the Houston Astros at 7:10 PM. There will be an AHEPA table at Concourse C, Greek dance troupe performance at Concourse C before the game, and a Greek-focused opening ceremony. Organizers ask that people bring their Greek flags and wave them as a show of support during the ceremony and the game. The organizers project that they will sell a few hundred tickets.
Organizers are excited to share parts of the Greek culture on such a widespread manner. People tune into Red Sox games throughout the world! According to event organizers,
As you know the foundation built a beautiful Sports arena on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston on Boston University property. What is more important is the event will make our Greek Heritage Night recognized regionally and worldwide. We will have t-shirts, greek foods at GATE C and other recognition on the Big Screen at Fenway Park and other memorable events to make this the night of Greek Heritage.
Harry Agganis, who was nicknamed the “Golden Greek,” has provided the inspiration for this event. A Massachusetts native, he had a successful baseball career and he also spent some time on the Boston Red Sox. He was only 26 when he died as a member of the team with a pulmonary embolism after a serious bout with pneumonia. His family originated in Longanikos, which is near Sparta in Greece. He was born in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1926 and died on June 2, 1955 when he was still a member of the Boston Red Sox. Greek Heritage Night event organizers will play their tributes to the Golden Greek while also celebrating the Greek culture as a whole.