Fenway Park. The name evokes a team and a sport that have become more synonymous with a city s identity than any stadium or arena in the country.Since opening in the same week of 1912 that the Titanic sank, the park s instantly recognizable confines have seen some of the most dramatic happenings in baseball history, including Carlton Fisk s Is it fair?Read more...
Fenway Park. The name evokes a team and a sport that have become more synonymous with a city s identity than any stadium or arena in the country.Since opening in the same week of 1912 that the Titanic sank, the park s instantly recognizable confines have seen some of the most dramatic happenings in baseball history, including Carlton Fisk s Is it fair? home run in the 1975 World Series and Ted Williams s perfectly scripted long ball in his final at-bat. For 100 years, the Fenway faithful have been tested. They have known triumph and heartbreak, miracles and curses well, one curse in particular to such a degree that an entire nation of fans heaved a collective sigh of relief when Dave Roberts stole a base by a fingertip in 2004, triggering the most amazing comeback in the game s annals.To sit and watch a game at Fenway is to recognize that the pitcher is standing on the same mound where Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, and Babe Ruth pitched, that a hitter is in the same batter s box where Ty Cobb and Hank Aaron and Shoeless Joe Jackson dug in to take their swings. This is a ballpark that has embraced its odd construction quirks, including the bizarre triangle out in center field and the Green Monster that looms above the left fielder, and today for better and for worse it remains largely unchanged from the day it opened.In its long history, Fenway has hosted football, hockey, soccer, boxing, and so much more. It has provided a backdrop to hundreds of historic events having nothing to do with sports, including concerts, religious gatherings, and political rallies. It was the site of Franklin Delano Roosevelt s final campaign address, as well as visits by music luminaries from Stevie Wonder to Bruce Springsteen to the Rolling Stones.Through it all, the Boston Globe has been the consistent, respected chronicler of every important moment in park history. In fact, the newspaper played a remarkable role in Fenway s creation and evolution: the Taylor family founders and longtime owners of the Globe owned the ballclub in 1912, helped finance the new stadium, and renamed the team the Red Sox . It is the Globe s insider perspective, combined with more than a century of exemplary journalism, that makes this book the definitive narrative history of both park and team, and a centennial collectors item unlike any other. Its pages offer a level of detail that is unmatched, with exceptional writing and hundreds of rarely seen photographs and illustrations.
This is Fenway Park, the complete story, unfiltered and expertly told."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-03-26
- Reviewer: Staff
More than just a sports fan's coffee-table book, this is a paean to what many consider the quintessential American ballpark. Fenway Park has been the home of the Boston Red Sox since 1912, and has played host to myriad firsts, lasts, highs, and lows, including Babe Ruth's first pitch and the final address of FDR's campaign. While providing an exhaustive centennial history of the home of the Green Monster, long-time fans Powers and Driscoll (current and former writers for the Boston Globe, respectively) supply plenty of personal passion and verve, and their love of the game and the park comes across beautifully in the excellent writing and numerous photos. The authors profile players, coaches, and even fans in the recurring "People of the Park" feature, while taking readers through the rich play-by-play of the stadium's timeline. From the park's construction, to the debut of night baseball in 1947, the club's lull in the '60s, their World Series win in 2004 that finally broke the "Curse of the Bambino," and up to today, this tribute has it all. Even Yankees fans will likely appreciate this impressive homage to America's favorite pastime and America's oldest ballpark. Illus. (Mar.)