Happy Birthday Fenway Park!
The ballpark was constructed for the 1912 season and 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." It was also Taylor who changed the club's name from Americans to Red Sox prior to the 1908 season.
If you live in Boston chances are you've been to Fenway Park. For those of you in other states it is well worth a trip to Boston to visit Fenway. I love going to games at Fenway Park and make sure to get to several each season. I've been to several other ball parks across the US and yes they are new and improved (and nice) but there is something so special about Fenway. . . nothing can beat the history in Fenway.
In honor of Fenway Park's 100 Birthday today I thought I would share some "Fenway Facts" with you for your reading pleasure.
Fenway Park is the oldest Major League baseball stadium currently in use and one of two "classic" ballparks still in use (the other being Wrigley Field).
Since May 15, 2003 every home Red Sox game has sold out. In 2008 the park sold out its 456th consecutive Red Sox game breaking a Major League baseball record.
The lone red seat in the right field bleachers (Section 42, Row 37, Seat 21) signifies the longest home run ever hit at Fenway. The Ted Williams hit on June 9, 1946 was officially measured at 502 feet—well beyond "Williamsburg". According to Hit Tracker Online, the ball, if unobstructed, would have flown 520 to 535 feet.
The scoreboard on the Green Monster is still manually updated throughout the game today.
If you would like to read even more fun facts about Fenway Park go here.
(Notice that I did not mention anything about my beloved baseball team in this post. Yes this was on purpose. Not such a great ending to the 2011 season and not such a great start to the 2012 season. Keeping the faith for better things to come)!