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Red Sox CEO outlines plan for new Fenway at Laetare Sunday event

(4-4-2000)Boston Red Sox CEO John Harrington '57 told the audience at the 49th annual Boston College Alumni Association Laetare Sunday breakfast that the team plans to build a new Fenway Park "you will be proud of."

Some 1,200 Boston College alumni and friends gathered April 2 in the McElroy Commons Carney Dining Hall to hear Harrington discuss plans for the proposed baseball facility.

The current Fenway Park, Harrington noted, opened during the same week in 1912 that the Titanic was lost. Efforts to replace the structure began as early as 1965, he said, and the Red Sox recently introduced a plan to build a new Fenway -- complete with its trademark "Green Monster" left field wall -- in the same Kenmore Square neighborhood as the venerable old ballyard.

In addition to his work as the team's top executive officer, Harrington has been active in a number of community and charitable activities. Among these are a "Read Your Way to Fenway" program that rewards Boston public school children with a trip to a Red Sox game for demonstrating improved reading skills.

"John Harrington has a tremendous dedication to the City of Boston," said University President William P. Leahy, SJ. "He is a powerful example of what we strive to do at Boston College, and that is to share our gifts with others."

Included among the record-setting attendance at the annual mid-Lenten breakfast were 104 members of the Class of 1950, which is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its graduation this year.

(Read more on the Laetare Sunday breakfast in the April 13 Boston College Chronicle)

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