opened its doors April 20, 1912 against (coincidentally) the New York Highlanders and beat the soon-to-be-renamed Yankees 7-6 in eleven innings. Fenway Park
Here are ten things you might not have known about the historic park located at 4 Yawkey Way.
In 1911, then-team owner John Taylor broke ground on the piece of land that ended up being home to
. $650,000 and a year later…the stadium was complete. And in case you’re wondering, that’s a mere $15.7 million by today’s standards. By comparison, the New York Yankees just spent close to $1.5 billion for their new home. Fenway Park
Without a doubt,
is regarded as a hitters’ park…but it’s not for the reasons you might think. Never mind the short porch in rightfield, it’s the league-small 99,000 square feet of foul territory that helps (according to George Will) add “five to seven points to batting averages”. Fenway Park
opened 100 years ago, it could hold 35,000 fans. Today, a capacity crowd is 37,493. During a September 22, 1935 doubleheader against the New York Yankees, the team managed to shoehorn 47,627 people into the bandbox. Fenway Park
Of the 28 hitters with more than 3000 career hits, only a handful ever suited up for the Boston Red Sox. And of those hitters, it’s Carl Yastrzemski that is tops when it comes to hits at
. The 1989 Hall of Fame inductee collected an amazing 1822 regular season base hits at the stadium. Fenway Park
In 2008, the Boston Red Sox broke a Major League record by selling out its 456th consecutive game. Assuming Friday’s game against the rival New York Yankees is a sellout, it will be the 720th consecutive sellout for the team…dating back to May 15, 2003, a 12-3 victory over the Texas Rangers.
As the story goes, on June 9, 1946, Boston Red Sox legend Ted Williams hit a 502 foot home run that crashed through the straw hat of a New York Yankees fan. In case you’re curious how far that home run traveled, head to
and look for Section 42, Row 37, Seat 21…it’ll be the lone red seat among a sea of green bleacher seats. The original seat is is the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Fenway Park
As a shock to no one, the 2005 movie “Fever Pitch” didn’t bring home a single Academy Award nomination. On the other hand, John Williams has been nominated for 47. What does the legendary composer have to do with the Boston Red Sox? Dude composed the official theme for the 100th Anniversary of Fenway Park. Yup…there is such a thing.
Everyone knows the Green Monster in leftfield is just a hair more than 37-feet high, right? But, does everyone know that it didn’t start at that height? From 1912 to 1933, the then wooden wall was 25-feet high and featured a 10-foot high incline in front of it. Why? Something had to support the thing and, naturally, a mass of dirt would be the likely candidate.
At the base of the Green Monster is
’s legendary hand operated scoreboard. Since it has to be seen from hundreds of feet away, the numbers are definitely a little bigger than one might suspect. But just how big? The runs and hits tiles are 16 inches by 16 inches and weigh three pounds apiece. Fenway Park
From World Series celebrations to NHL hockey games. Legendary rock concerts to championship boxing matches…
has been the home of plenty of memorable moments. That said, the 100 year old stadium has never seen a perfect game. The closest it came was in 1917. Babe Ruth started the game and walked the leadoff hitter. Ruth argued the call and was tossed out of the game. Fenway Park came in in relief and after that initial batter was thrown out trying to steal second…retired the next 26 batters he faced. Ernie Shore
Lastly, and this isn't as much a fun fact as a "look below", did you know that the purchase of the land Fenway Park sits on was recently the subject of a stage play? Look below!