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wilburaga
03-08-2005, 01:41 PM
Pete was the Sox' first pick in the secondary phase of the 1971 draft (1st pick overall) and caught for the Sox for parts of four seasons in the 70's. I stumbled onto an interesting article on Pete on the Brandeis website where he has served as baseball coach for 22 years. Hope the link works.

http://www.brandeis.edu/publications/review/summer2001/varney.pdf

Among Pete's other accomplishments...

He was drafted a record 7 times in MLB's amateur draft, three times the #1 pick overall in that phase of the draft.

He scored the final points in the legendary Harvard/Yale football game played November 23, 1968 in which Harvard scored 16 points in the last three minutes to forge the tie against heavily favored Yale. Pete, Harvard's tight end, caught the tying 2 point conversion with under a minute left. The game (or 'The Game' as it's known in New England) was ranked by Sports Illustrated in 1999 as one of the top 5 greatest games in college football history.


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Realist
03-08-2005, 02:06 PM
I remember him. I believe I got his autograph when I was a lil' kid in the early 70's. I may still have it on an old program.

Fenway
03-08-2005, 02:35 PM
http://www.the-game.org/images/Harvard-Yale%201968%20Record%20Cover.jpghttp://www.the-game.org/hyother/crimson-harvard%20beats%20yale%2029-29.jpg


I was an usher at that game :smile: and it was far more exciting than the way you described it...

THE LAST 0:42 . . . THAT TURNED THE HARVARD-YALE RIVALRY INTO THE GAME (Boston Globe, November 19, 1993) (http://docs.newsbank.com/openurl?ctx_ver=z39.88-2004&rft_id=info:sid/iw.newsbank.com:NewsBank:BGBK&rft_val_format=info:ofi/fmt:kev:mtx:ctx&rft_dat=0EADE098E3CF2EE5&svc_dat=InfoWeb:aggregated4&req_dat=0F40413B3B2D7D5C)

Back then the Ivy League was a decent mid-major conference. Yale had Brian Dowling ( The B.D> from Doonsbury) and Calvin Hill.


from the Boston Globe
He is remembered by sports trivia buffs - and the 39,910 fans who were there the afternoon of Nov. 23, 1968, at Harvard Stadium - as the kid from North Quincy who caught the conversion pass from Everett's Frank Champi with no time on the clock, enabling underdog Harvard to tie Yale in the famous last-minute comeback. The game prompted the Harvard Crimson newspaper headline: "Harvard Defeats Yale, 29-29."

GLORY DAYS, THEN AND NOW (Boston Globe, April 1, 2001) (http://docs.newsbank.com/openurl?ctx_ver=z39.88-2004&rft_id=info:sid/iw.newsbank.com:NewsBank:BGBK&rft_val_format=info:ofi/fmt:kev:mtx:ctx&rft_dat=0EBB69DCE65F1EF0&svc_dat=InfoWeb:aggregated4&req_dat=0F40413B3B2D7D5C)




Pete was the Sox' first pick in the secondary phase of the 1971 draft (1st pick overall) and caught for the Sox for parts of four seasons in the 70's. I stumbled onto an interesting article on Pete on the Brandeis website where he has served as baseball coach for 22 years. Hope the link works.

http://www.brandeis.edu/publications/review/summer2001/varney.pdf

Among Pete's other accomplishments...

He was drafted a record 7 times in MLB's amateur draft, three times the #1 pick overall in that phase of the draft.

He scored the final points in the legendary Harvard/Yale football game played November 23, 1968 in which Harvard scored 16 points in the last three minutes to forge the tie against heavily favored Yale. Pete, Harvard's tight end, caught the tying 2 point conversion with under a minute left. The game (or 'The Game' as it's known in New England) was ranked by Sports Illustrated in 1999 as one of the top 5 greatest games in college football history.


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