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World Series Trophy comes to Veterans Home

Tony Nigro, a 97-year-old Army veteran from New Hampshire Veterans Home, was thrilled when he was allowed to hold the 2018 Red Sox World Series trophy on his lap last week. (Photo by Donna Rhodes) (click for larger version)
April 03, 2019
TILTON – Residents and staff at New Hampshire Veterans Home celebrated the opening of baseball season last Friday with a look back at the Red Sox's road to the championship in 2018 that included not only a memorable video presentation on the team but a chance to see their new World Series Trophy.

Ambassadors from the Red Sox organization brought the iconic trophy to NHVH where it was placed on a table that had a mock-up of the Fenway Park scoreboard behind it. One by one or in small groups, the residents were invited to get a close look at the sparkling trophy as staff members took their photo. No one needed to prompt them to smile.

"It's been a great day. Everyone's so excited to have the trophy here; even the staff dressed up in Red Sox gear today," an NHVH representative said.

Tony Nigro was one very excited resident that day, waving a foam #1 finger as he greeted everyone at the facility's Town Hall.

Nigro is a 97-year-old WWII Army veteran who served two years as a gunner before he himself was shot in the leg. When he recovered from his injuries he returned home to Boston where he drove a cab for several years. In the course of his job he said he frequently drove fans to Fenway Park for a game, and once even had a member of the Red Sox team in his cab.

"That was exciting! I waved him over and he got in the cab and we went for a ride," he recalled. "He tipped me $10 and that was like a million bucks back in those days."

After waiting more than eight decades to see the Red Sox win a World Series Championship, he said he's been excited to see them bring home the trophy four times now. Last week, however, was the first time he had ever seen the actual trophy. Hearing his story, the team's ambassador sat it on his lap for a quick photo and it brought the veteran to tears.

"I love it. I just love it. I can't believe this," Nigro said.

Late each summer several residents of NHVH take a trip to Fenway Park to watch a game in person. Nigro said he certainly hopes he's one of them this year as his favorite team battles for a rare back-to-back championship season.

Varney Smith
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