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Photo of 1967 Red Sox Poster

Members of the 1967 Impossible Dream Team made history with their generous gift to "Jimmy".

The team also showed its support in other visible ways. Although Yawkey had banned advertising from Fenway Park in the 1950s, he made an exception for the Jimmy Fund. For more than 50 years, the massive Jimmy Fund sign that was perched on the right field roof above the club's retired numbers was the only billboard in the stadium. He also made sure the Jimmy Fund was part of every Red Sox broadcast.

"The Red Sox's giving so freely of airtime was so very important," says Mike Andrews, the former Red Sox second baseman who is now chairman of the Jimmy Fund. "Those game announcements prompted fans to send in contributions and sponsor dances, pancake breakfasts and hundreds of other fundraising efforts. And things just snowballed from there."

After Ted Williams retired from baseball in 1961, then-rookie Carl Yastrzemski was the first of a new generation of players to take on the Jimmy Fund cause.

It was Yaz who suggested one of the most memorable gestures by the team. In an unrivaled show of support for the Jimmy Fund, the 1967 Impossible Dream Team voted to give a full share of its winnings from the World Series (about $5,000) to "Jimmy."