April 20th, 2012
Today marks the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park ballfield in Boston.
Here are some fast facts:
- Fenway Park hosted its first professional baseball game on April 20, 1912, with the Red Sox beating the New York Highlanders 7-6 in 11 innings. The New York Highlanders were later named the New York Yankees.
- It cost $650,000 to build in the park in 1912.
- The park was named by then Red Sox owner John I. Taylor. He said, “It’s in the Fenway section of Boston, isn’t it? Then call it Fenway Park.”
- When Fenway opened, there were no stands in right field. The area was used as a parking lot for players.
- In 1912, the Red Sox won a franchise-record 105 games and the World Series.
- The Green Monster is a popular nickname for the thirty-seven foot, two-inch high left field wall. Despite the name, the Green Monster was not painted green until 1947.
- JFK’s grandfather, John F. Fitzgerald, threw out the first ceremonial “first pitch.” John Fitzgerald Kennedy was named after his grandfather.
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