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For Bob and Jean Hannon, a first date at the 1946 World Series was only the beginning

Bob and Jean Hannon of Milton have attended hundreds of Red Sox games, including all four Boston-St. Louis World Series matchups.
Bob and Jean Hannon of Milton have attended hundreds of Red Sox games, including all four Boston-St. Louis World Series matchups.Credit: Jessica Rinaldi for The Boston Globe

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Bob and Jean Hannon had their first date at Fenway Park. The tickets were $2.50 each, and even though the Red Sox were playing the St. Louis Cardinals in a World Series game, Bob was able to get bleacher seats at the gate.

He was 24, working for New England Telephone, she was 20 and had skipped classes at Emmanuel College to go to the game. “Wow, did you see that 4-6 double play?” she exclaimed.

Impressed with her baseball knowledge, Bob remembers thinking, “I’m going to marry that girl.”

Says Jean: “It was the beginning.”

That was 1946, and in the 67 years since, the Hannons have been to hundreds, possibly more than a thousand, Red Sox games. In fact, Bob has been to each of the three World Series in which the Sox have faced the St. Louis Cardinals: 1946, 1967 and 2004. Jean only missed the 1967 series, home with five kids. “But we watched on TV,” she says.

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