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Fenway: A Biography in Words and Pictures
by Dan Shaughnessy
Photographed by Stan Grossfeld


• Also Available in Paperback


Best-selling author Dan Shaughnessy and Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Stan Grossfeld teamed up to create this "lavish-pictorial tribute" (Seattle Post-Intelligencer) to the last of the grand old ballparks. The resulting book contains beautiful photographs, reflections from an illustrious list of baseball legends, and a host of quirky Fenway facts.


Fenway Facts

• The first major league game was played at Fenway on April 20, 1912, just a few days after the Titanic sank.

• Fenway's first ceremonial ball was thrown by then Boston mayor John "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald, the grandfather-to-be of John F. Kennedy.

• Franklin Delano Roosevelt delivered his final campaign speech at Fenway Park in November of 1944.

• When Tiger Stadium is replaced with a new Detroit facility in 2000, Fenway can claim to have been the home of major league baseball longer than any other ballpark.

• When the Red Sox sold Babe Ruth to the Yankees for $125,000 and a $350,000 loan for a mortgage on Fenway, not only did Boston lose the greatest player in baseball history, but ownership of their home field transferred to the hated New York team, which held it until 1933.

• Babe Ruth hit the first homerun in All-Star history, and on July 13th, 1999, the final All-Star Game of this century was played at Fenway, the park where Ruth got his start.

• On July 31st, 1961, the only All-Star Game to end in a tie was played at Fenway. The All-Star Game was also played at Fenway in 1946.

• The Red Sox didn't always play their home games at Fenway Park. For their first eleven years, home field for the franchise (then called "The Pilgrims") was Huntington Grounds, site of the first World Series-which Boston won.

• Fenway is one of the last major league parks that still features organ music before and after games, and between innings.

• Fenway boasts one of the last hand-operated scoreboards in major league baseball.

• Fenway's thirty-seven foot high "Green Monster," the highest left field wall in major league baseball, owes its height to Boston's lack of a standard street grid design.

• From the top of a Fenway light tower, one can see MIT and Harvard, the Massachusetts State House, the Charles River, the Museum of Fine Arts and Symphony Hall, the Bunker Hill Monument, the hotel in which Eugene O'Neill died, the execution site of Sacco and Vanzetti, and where Martin Luther King lived when he studied at Boston University Divinity School.



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