One of our employees was in Boston this weekend and was lucky enough to visit Fenway Park for the first time. Wow, what a great experience and an amazing stadium! Below are some photos of the stadium, along with some interesting facts about Fenway Park.
Fenway has one of the last hand-operated scoreboards in major league baseball. It was great to watch them change the score by hand!
The halls of the EMC Level were lined with framed Mitchell & Ness Authentic Red Sox jerseys!
Of course they have our Babe Ruth pinstripe 1918 Red Sox Road Jersey on display! Babe Ruth hit the first homerun in All-Star history at Fenway Park.
Fenway Park was constructed in 1912 and was named by then Red Sox owner John I. Taylor. Taylor said, "It's in the Fenway section of Boston, isn't it? Then call it Fenway Park."
The first major league game was played at Fenway on April 20, 1912, just a few days after the Titanic sank.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt delivered his final campaign speech at Fenway Park in November of 1944.
The Green Monster wasn't always green. It was painted green in 1947; before that it was covered with advertisements.
It was intended for April 18th to be opening day for Fenway Park but due to rain delays it was postponed for two days. The Red Sox hosted the New York Highlanders, who would later become the Yankees, defeating them 7-6 in 11 innings. The opening of the park never made it to the cover of any papers around Boston as a result of the sinking of the Titanic.
While reading about the history of this park I found some interesting facts that I thought you might also find interesting:
The new ballpark was named by then Red Sox owner John I. Taylor because it was built in an area of Boston known as the Fens. As Taylor said, "It's in that section of Boston, isn't it? Then call it Fenway Park."
Taylor, by the way, was also the person who changed the club's name from the Pilgrims to the Red Sox in 1907.
Several other teams played in Fenway Park:
The "Miracle Boston Braves" played in the 1914 World Series sweeping the Philadelphia A's
The Boston Patriots (New England Patriots) were fall occupants from 1963-68 before moving to Foxboro
The Boston Redskins played four years here before heading to Washington in 1937
The Boston Yanks played here from 1944-48 prior to traveling to New York, Dallas, Baltimore (where they became the Colts) and now Indianapolis.
They still use a manual scoreboard at Fenway Park
1934 fire damaged most of Fenway Park, a metal wall replaced the original 37 foot wooden left field wall. A couple of years later, workers attached a 23 1/2 foot screen to the top of the left field wall in order to give better protection to the windows of businesses along Lansdowne Street
Green paint was used in 1947 to camouflage advertisements covering the wall - and the Green Monster was born
My favorite fact:
What is the meaning of that seat painted red in the bleachers? The seat in the right field bleachers is painted red to mark the spot where the longest measurable home run ever hit inside Fenway Park landed. Ted Williams hit the home run on June 9, 1946 off Fred Hutchinson of the Detroit Tigers. The blast was measured at 502 feet. Legend says that the ball crashed through the straw hat of the man sitting in the seat — Section 42, Row 37, Seat 21.