Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling and wife Shonda paid to fly a New Orleans family of nine to Boston and pledged to provide them with housing for a year.

The Fields family, with seven children between ages 5 and 12, fled New Orleans just before Hurricane Katrina struck. They spent the past week at an Atlanta hotel with the help of a charitable organization.

"When we realized how many people had nowhere to go, we didn't just want to make a donation," Shonda Schilling told The Boston Globe. "We decided we wanted to bring an entire family here and put them up."

The families connected through a Web site,, which matches displaced families with people willing to house them. The Schillings registered Friday and on Saturday anonymously arranged for the family to fly to Boston.

"He said, 'I would like to help you,' " Efrem Fields, 31, told The Globe in a phone interview from his hotel. "He didn't say who he was."

Fields and his wife Shelita, 28, and their kids met the Schillings at the hotel. Fields said his new friend looked familiar.

"I said, 'Wait a second, I know this guy,' " said Fields, a baseball fan. "Schilling. . . . Schilling, there's only one Schilling I know, and he's a baseball player. It blew my mind." . . .

The Yankees presented a check for $1 million to the Salvation Army for its Hurricane Katrina relief effort before the start of last night's game against Tampa Bay in New York.

Yankees OF Matt Lawton, whose parents' home in Mississippi was destroyed, took part in the presentation. Lawton's own home in Gulfport, Miss., also suffered heavy damage, and eight family members were displaced by the hurricane.

Salvation Army representatives will be at Yankee Stadium throughout this week's six-game homestand, which includes three games against the Red Sox, to collect donations.

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* TODAY IN BASEBALL: On Sept. 7, 1908, Washington's Walter Johnson pitched his third consecutive shutout in four days with a 4-0, two-hit victory over the New York Highlanders.

-- From News Services

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