Sunday, March 9, 2014
My husband and I found the final resting place of Fred Parent, a member of the first
Baseball history fans in
Parent was the short stop for the Boston Americans in 1903, when the team finished first in the league. As a result, Parent played in the first modern World Series game.
He was nearly 97 years old at the time he died in a
It’s likely Parent was the last survivor of the first modern World Series game.
In addition to his career with the Boston Americans, Parent played for the Chicago White Sox and the original Baltimore Orioles.
No doubt, Parent would be jubilant about the 2013 Boston Red Sox World Series victory at
Therefore, my husband and I went on a mission to find his grave site.
We paid our personal tribute to Parent’s contribution to Boston Red Sox history when we found his final resting place, alongside his wife Fidelia LaFlamme, where they lay in
Baseball heroes like Parent were once the cultural equalizers for Franco-American youths, who grew up in immigrant families. In other words, playing baseball gave boys, like Parent, access to the American dream.
Baseball historian Dan Desrochers writes a biography of Parent, describing him as the oldest of 10 children.His parents were Alfred, a fireman and Celina (Paul) Parent, both French-Canadian immigrants.After leaving school at the age of 14, Parent worked in the local
Fidelia LaFlamme was 16 years old when he proposed to her with the condition that playing baseball was his life ambition. They were together for 67 years.Their grave marker is located in
Parent is among a line up of Franco-Americans who helped to create baseball history.
Old Town Native American (Penobscot) Louis Sockalexis (1871-1913) was a 19th century baseball hero who also had French-Canadian ancestry. Sockalexis was a strong player and hitter who enjoyed a college career with Holy Cross in
In 1969, both Parent and Sockalexis were inducted into
Walter L’Heureux of Sanford (my husband’s cousin) was inducted with the honor in 1982, in recognition of pitching against the baseball great Joe DiMaggio, in a World War II exhibition game, where they played opposite one another, in
A list of all members of
Dan Desrochers writes a history of Freddy Parent posted on the BioProject site:
Juliana L’Heureux is a freelance writer whose articles about Maine’s Franco-American history and culture have appeared in Portland newspapers for 25 years. She serves on the Maine Franco-American Leadership Council.
Juliana and her husband Richard live in Topsham ME. Feel free to contact her at Juliana@mainewriter.com.