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October 28, 2013

Hannon ’47 Found Love at 1946 Red Sox-Cardinals World Series Game

Jean Hannon (then, Jean Nagle) in the 1947 Epilogue

For Jean Hannon '47, the 2013 World Series matchup of the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals holds special meaning. At the age of 20, she skipped her classes at Emmanuel College to attend a 1946 World Series game-the first time the Red Sox faced the Cardinals in the Fall Classic-on her first date with Bob Hannon, then a 24-year-old employee at New England Telephone. Their bleacher seats cost $2.50 and Ted Williams and Johnny Pesky were on the Red Sox roster.

Though the Red Sox lost to the Cardinals that year, the Hannons married in 1951. For the past 67 years, the couple have attended hundreds of games at Fenway Park and watched even more on television from their Milton, Mass., home. They were together during the heartbreaking loss to the Cardinals in Game 7 of the 1967 World Series and the triumph over St. Louis during Game 4 of the 2004 series. When the Red Sox come back to Boston for Game 6 on Wednesday, October 30th, they plan to be at Fenway, hoping for another win.

The Boston Globe featured the Hannons in an article, "Love story spans Red Sox-Cardinals history," on October 28, 2013. Click here to read the full story.