Skip to comments.Fenway Park celebrates 100 years as America's oldest working Major League ballpark
Posted on 04/20/2012 1:34:53 PM PDT by matt04
is 100 years old Friday, the park is hosting a Centennial Celebration.
What better way to kick off the next century of competition between two teams that make up one of the greatest rivalries in sports than with a rematch?
The Red Sox play the New York Yankees, the same team they played on April 20, 1912, when the opponent was called the New York Highlanders.
Both teams will wear throwback uniforms, and fans will man the stands as they've done for generations -- staring out across the hallowed ground where the greats of the game, like Babe Ruth and Ted Williams, once rounded the bases.
"This is what I like about Fenway... the family feel of it. Generations upon generations upon generations have brought their kids here for a long time," said Cory Sprague, a father who brought his family, including three sons, to enjoy Thursday's Open House held at Fenway Park. The Red Sox invited the public to wander the historic grounds and soak up the history.
"You want to drape the atmosphere in sentiment, emotion, and nostalgia, and try to stimulate memories," said Charles Steinberg, a senior advisor to team president Larry Lucchino. Steinberg was the executive vice president of public affairs for the Red Sox from 2002 through 2007.
Memories are easy to cultivate on the historic grounds. Fans still pack the park's narrow wooden seats, built for a slimmer population, surrounded by hallowed ground.
"If you come up on the facade on Yawkey Way it still looks very much the same as it did in 1912," said Saul Wisnia, the author of "Fenway Park, The Centennial: 100 Years of Red Sox Baseball." That volume is packed with historic photos and a DVD hosted by retired Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk.
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Twitter reporting audible boos in the stadium when Obama’s mug showed up on the screen.
I didn’t catch that on the TV broadcast. When did it happen?
Happy Birthday, Fenway!!!
We’ll have another 100th anniversary for Wrigley Field in a few years. I think Wrigley was built in 1914? or 1916?
If I recall correctly, Wrigley Field and Fenway Park are the only survivors from the early days of baseball. I think the next oldest park in major league baseball is Dodger Stadium, which opened in 1962.
First pitch in 1912: Boston Mayor “Honey Fitz” Fitzgerald
Today’s first pitch: Boston’s current tongue-tied mayor
Tom Menino, and Honey Fitz’s great granddaughter and
the daughter of JFK: Caroline “Umm.../Sour Caroline” Kennedy
Go, Yankees! (They are leading, 4-1.)
communist got booed in boston.
1914 I think. Built for Chicago Whales of Federal League
>>It was built in 1914 as Weeghman Park for the Chicago Federal League baseball team, the Chicago Whales. It was called Cubs Park between 1920 and 1926 before being renamed for then Cubs team owner and chewing gum magnate, William Wrigley, Jr..
Just saw it on Drudge can’t confirm when it happened.
I remember when Dodger Stadium opened, and it doesn't seem that long ago. It's amazing that it's now one of the oldest stadiums.
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>> At Red Sox game, President Obama comes on big screen to recognize Fenways 100th anniversary, followed by loud chorus of boos.
Eric Fehrnstrom (@EricFehrn) April 20, 2012
People booing message from President Obama. Mixed with cheers
Gordon Edes (@GordonEdes) April 20, 2012
(Edes of Boston Globe)
The 100th Anniversary? That means it’s time for the centennial cleaning of the Men’s Rooms!
opened the same day as Detroit’s Tiger Stadium, which sadly, no longer stands
Let’s see, Yankees fans boo Tim Tebow, while Sox fans boo Obama.....guess who I’m rooting for this year?
Fenway is also a magical place to visit. You get to see inside the scoreboard and see all the graffiti left behind. Some from big time Major leaguers.
BTW, there's no bathroom for the scoreboard operator. He has to do his business in a bucket.
The old Vet in Philthydelphia had a jail and the new football stadium Lincoln Financial Field was built with a jail but it is no longer used. The old 700 level fans can't afford the tickets now.
The oldest surviving professional baseball park is Rickwood Field in Birmingham, Alabama. Built in 1910.
It is still being used.
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