Originally posted on Fenway West  |  Last updated 1/29/12
As 1967 spring training approached, a Globe column under the byline of Bud Collins appeared. It was entitled "Will the Sox have More Buddins?" The reference is to Don Buddin, who played shortstop for the team in the late 50's and early 60's. Buddin, who died last year at age 77, was one of the symbols of the underachieving, uncaring Sox players. He was a constant boo-bird target, not only because of his inept play but his apparent lack of desire to improve.Collins, who later became a tennis guru both in print and on TV, occasionally covered baseball. A literate man, he was known for his subtle and ironic criticism of the Red Sox. Unlike the sometimes boring harshness of many writers today, Collins' method was understated. He gained the enmity of the Sox organization by referring to them as the Old Town Team, implying that they belonged to another era.Like many fans and writers, Collins apparently expected little change in 1967, despite the presence of a new manager. "Another endless...
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