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Fenway Park

Fenway Park

Apr 16, 2012

Fenway Park is the oldest Major League Baseball stadium currently in use. Fenway hosted its first professional baseball game on April 20, 1912 after two rain delays. Mayor John F. Fitzgerald (grandfather of John F. Kennedy) threw out the first pitch, and Boston fans can forever celebrate the fact that the Red Sox won that first game 7-6 in 11 innings against none other than the New York Highlanders (who would later be known as the Yankees). The game was witnessed by 27,000 fans. News of the game did take more of a backseat than might have otherwise been expected, due to continuing coverage of the sinking of the Titanic that had occurred just a few days earlier.

Ted Williams arrived in Boston in 1939. His pull-hitting was certainly aided when bullpens were built in right field moving the fence 23 feet closer to home plate. The bullpens would become known as ‘Williamsburg’. I believe it was that same year, that my mother then just 13, wrote a letter to player-manager Joe Cronin expressing her love for the Red Sox. She was invited by Mr. Cronin to come to Fenway Park and meet him personally which she did. I still have the letter she received from Mr. Cronin. We have been hardcore Red Sox fans ever since.

Fenway’s most recognizable feature was born in 1947 when advertisements on the 37-foot wall in left field were covered by green paint, giving birth to ‘the Green Monster’.

Fenway was added to the National Register of Historic Places on March 7, 2012.

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