“My grandfather Jimmy was Harry’s oldest brother,” said Greg. “Harry’s foundation is growing all the time, and we’ve added more sports to the Agganis Classics over the years which means more scholarships are given out. It’s great for the community of Lynn. We have worked very hard on the documentary which is not just a sports story about Harry’s athletic talents, but also has a human interest appeal about his heritage, family, and Greek culture.
“We wanted Booth to narrate because he also has a passion for Harry and has written articles about him for the Boston Globe magazine,” Greg Agganis said. “We only put ticket information on the website (www.agganismovie.com) a couple of weeks ago and have already sold tickets for 200 of the 300 seats available. If people want to see it they should act fast, and everybody is considered a VIP. We’ll have the red carpet ceremony first and a big party afterward which is open to all.”
The movie trailer shows black and white film of Harry Agganis as a high school star at Lynn Classical and later as a BU Terrier. He was a first round draft pick of the Cleveland Browns in the 1952 draft, but stunned everybody by signing with the Sox instead so he could be close to his widowed mother. Johnny Pesky and Ted Williams both talk about the gifted athlete in glowing terms.
Sponsor packages are available for $2,500, and general admission is $100 which includes a DVD copy of Agganis The Golden Greek, Excellence to The End” (tickets can be purchased online). Greg Agganis is on the board of directors for the Sports Museum, located at levels 5 and 6 of the TD Garden.
“I thought this was a great way to tie in Harry’s story with the museum, especially the Stand Strong program which emphasizes character, teamwork, responsibility, and fairness,” said Greg, who is also a BU grad. “All those things go back to the qualities Harry had. It’s almost 60 years since his death, but we are still expanding his legacy.”