Opening Day at Fenway Park - April 20, 1912

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

Fenway Park  Bill Chipley of the N.F.L.’s Boston Yanks, left, watched as a Washington Redskin intercepted a pass in 1948.

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.

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People ask me what I do in the winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.
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