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October 11, 2012

Documentary to tell the story of Harry Agganis

"Agganis: The Golden Greek, Excellent to the End" to premiere in Boston Nov. 13

Harry Agganis will forever be known as the Golden Greek, a legend on the football and baseball fields where he performed incredible feats. The handsome athlete from Lynn was only 26 years old and hitting .300 as the first baseman for the Boston Red Sox when he died suddenly from a blood clot in his lung on June 27, 1955.

Now after six long years in the making, a documentary about his life called “Agganis The Golden Greek, Excellence To The End” will be shown at the AMC Loews Boston Common Theater on Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. The showing will be followed by an after party at the Gypsy Bar.

Harry’s grandnephew Greg Agganis and his father Michael are the executive producers. Cramer Production of Norwood is producing the documentary which is narrated by Clark Booth.

All proceeds from the premiere will go to the Sports Museum’s educational Stand Strong program to help at risk kids in the Greater Boston area. This endeavor builds character and emphasizes the virtues and values Harry Agganis stood for.

“We’ve been waiting for this night for a long time,” said Greg Agganis, who owns the Akron Aeros baseball club which is a minor league affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. “It’s a labor of love and my passion is getting the word out about Harry’s life. I want to continue and spread his legacy.

“Despite the fact that he died at such a young age his legacy is even stronger now because of the Harry Agganis Foundation, and Boston University naming the arena for him along with that great statue. He is known all across the country and beyond. When I went to Greece people knew who Harry was.”

Michael Agganis bought the Lynn Sailors back in 1981, and the family has been involved with baseball teams since then. What could have been a tragic ending when Harry Agganis died so unexpectedly has instead become a living legacy thanks to the ongoing efforts of his family and friends, who have never forgotten the wonderful young man with a smile that lit up the room.

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