By Robert Woolf

APRIL 20

Fenway Park opens in Boston- 1912

Fenway Park is one of, if not the most historic baseball stadium in MLB history. Home of the legendary Boston Red Sox, Fenway opened on this day, over 100 years ago. The 1912 Red Sox had stars such as Tris Speaker, and pitcher Smoky Joe Wood. They ended up leading the league in runs scored, as well as runs allowed. Those Red Sox finished with a 105-47 record, and a World Series title against the New York Giants in 8 games. You read that right, Game 2 ended in a tie on account of darkness. Hall of Fame pitcher Christy Mathewson ended up 0-2 in the series. They won again in 1915, 1916, and 1918. But then on January 3, 1920, Boston traded arguably the greatest player of all-time, Babe Ruth, to the Yankees. It started a huge World Series drought, not ending until 2004. This ended the so-called “Curse of the Bambino”.

 

Fenway Park is on Yawkey Way, named after former Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey. In 2008, it broke the MLB record with it’s 456th consecutive sellout. The most known part of the iconic field is “The Green Monster” in left field. The Green Monster is the fence in left field, and it raises 37 feet, 2 inches straight into the air. Although it is extremely tall, it is only about 310 feet from home plate. Another feature is the one red seat. Every seat in Fenway Park is green, except for one lone red seat. This marks the longest home run ever hit at Fenway, when Ted Williams hit it 502 feet in 1946. At every game after the top of the 8th inning, the song “Sweet Caroline” is blasted from the speakers and throughout the stadium. Even with Wrigley Field, Fenway Park may be the most historic stadium in baseball.

 

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