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Little Fenway wiffle ball fundraiser ends with incredible catch

Posted by Dana Hatic  August 12, 2013 08:18 AM

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When a center fielder makes a miraculous catch over the right field wall at Fenway, you know it's a special moment. But when the player topples seesaw-style over the wall to cheers and whoops from players and fans, you know there's more to this story.

Yes, this scene unfolded at Fenway Park, but not in the 101-year-old stadium in Boston; rather, it occurred in Essex, Vt. in a replica stadium 1/4 the size of the real Fenway, during the 12th annual Travis Roy Foundation Wiffleball Tournament.

Pat O'Connor built the scaled replica of Fenway at his Vermont home in 2001, complete with the old-style scoreboard and the Citgo sign over left field. After reading "Eleven Seconds", E.M. Swift's book about former Boston University hockey player Travis Roy, who was paralyzed from the neck down in his first collegiate game, O'Connor pitched the idea of a charity tournament for Roy's foundation.

Since 2002, O'Connor has hosted an annual wiffleball tournament to raise money for spinal cord injury research. In 2007, he built a replica of Wrigley Field and the addition accommodated the tournament's expansion.

The tournament has raised more than $2 million over the last 12 years.

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