Mary Trank: The keeper of the Red Sox’ secrets

Shrewsbury, MA-Globe Staff photo by Stan Grossfeld-April 12, 2013---Mary Trank, 92,Tom Yawkey's secretary gives her thoughts on the Red Sox from her Shrewsbury home.
Thirty years as Tom Yawkey’s secretary gave Mary Trank a wealth of Red Sox insight. (Stan Grossfled/Globe Staff)The Boston Globe

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She has watched Ted Williams shoot pigeons at Fenway Park. Heard the sickening sound of the fastball that crushed Tony Conigliaro’s cheekbone. Hung out with the DiMaggio brothers and written letters for an appreciative Carl Yastrzemski.

As personal secretary for former Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey and general manager Dick O’Connell, Mary Trank was the gatekeeper to power at Fenway from 1946 through 1976.

“She was a happy person, always joking, she was just enjoyable to be around, such a wonderful personality,” says former Red Sox pitcher Bill Monbouquette.

Trank, 92, recently opened her box of memories and shared them with a Globe reporter.

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