On this day in 1911, ground was broken on the historic Fenway Park, which has been home to the Boston Red Sox since it opened in 1912. Fenway Park is the oldest Major League Baseball Stadium used today.
Architect James McLaughlin originally designed Fenway, but since then, there have been many renovations. All in all, Fenway has a very unique, quirky design that gives the park character and charm (or should I say chahm?).
The iconic Green Monster, currently the highest wall in Major League Baseball, was part of the original design. However, it was not painted green until 1947. Before that, it was covered in advertisements, and just called “The Wall.” The Green Monster is so important to the Red Sox that their mascot is a “Green Monster” named “Wally.”
Other features of Fenway Park include The Triangle, Williamsburg, and the Lone Red Seat. The Red Seat marks where Ted Williams hit the longest home run at Fenway Park on June 9, 1946.
We love Fenway Park because we love antiques, be they rocking chairs or ballparks. But we love it even more because the eccentricities of the place mirror our own. It is, like us, difficult and cranky. And this makes it a mighty hard place for a player to play in. Too bad. Players come and go, but Fenway Park may become an American Pyramid.
-Clark Booth, Red Sox Sportscaster
I’ve never been to Fenway Park, but I really want to go and take a tour (because I’m a history nerd) and catch a game (because hot dogs).
Have you been to Fenway Park?