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A Trip Through History: A Hundred Years of Fenway Park in Boston

Updated on May 21, 2013
Red Sox Fans admire the field logo celebrating 100 years of Fenway Park!
Red Sox Fans admire the field logo celebrating 100 years of Fenway Park! | Source

Introduction

There are many historic buildings in Boston, Massachusetts. There may be none more famous than a stadium that holds a large green wall and a lot of loyal fans. That stadium is known as Fenway Park. which just celebrated it's 100th anniversary. Only one other stadium in the majors rivals its history, as they have both stood for more than a lifetime.

Let's take a look back and some of the many historic and iconic images from it's history and relive some of the memories. Then you can vote on your favorite photo.

The Palace built on the Fens in it's opening season in 1912.
The Palace built on the Fens in it's opening season in 1912. | Source

Here is a picture of the facade showing the main entrance to Fenway Park. This shows a view from Jersey Street, or what is now today Yawkey Way. Fenway Park still very much has the same look with the addition of a new street name and several pennants and World Championship banners hanging.

The newly built palace on the Fens was opened on April 20, 1912. At the time of it's opening it truly was a sports marvel with few stadiums that could rival it's awesome construction and beauty. That year they would field one of multiple World Championship teams in Fenway Park's early years.

This picture depicts the Green Monster as it lied in its original form which was anything but green.
This picture depicts the Green Monster as it lied in its original form which was anything but green. | Source

The next picture shows what the Green Monster looked like in its original form long before it was called the Green Monster and long before it was green. In it's early days it was used as a billboard for advertising. It would go on to become one of the most famous constructions in the historical town of Boston, Mass.

This is what it would have looked like to Nuf Ced McGreevey and the Royal Rooters, the original Red Sox Nation. You can read more about their historic tale along with the beginnings of the song Tessie here.

One of the earliest reconstruction efforts done in 1934.
One of the earliest reconstruction efforts done in 1934. | Source

This next picture depicts of the first of many renovations that was done to the park. This particular renovation took place in 1934.

Picture of a young rookie named Ted Williams sometime during the 39' season.
Picture of a young rookie named Ted Williams sometime during the 39' season. | Source

A young rookie named Ted Williams poses for a photograph sometime during his rookie season in 1939. Williams, better known as Teddy Ballgame, would go on to play for multiple decades, serve his country in the war, and break multiple records, some of which still stand today. He would go on to record a lifetime batting average of .344 and hit more than 500 home runs.

Former owner of the Red Sox, Tom Yawkey, sits with his wife overlooking the stadium in 1946.
Former owner of the Red Sox, Tom Yawkey, sits with his wife overlooking the stadium in 1946. | Source

Tom Yawkey owned the Red Sox for 44 years and was the person that the famed Yawkey Way was named for after having its name changed from Jersey Street. This photo depicts him and his wife sitting alone overlooking the stadium that would one day become one of the most famous in all of sports both for good and bad reasons.

He renevoted it the same year this picture was taken in 1946, which also was one his more successful seasons as the President of the Red Sox. That same year, he watched his team win an AL pennant and make it to game 7 of the World Series before falling to Stan Musial and the Saint Louis Cardinals in the final game.

The next season, he would unveil his largest renovation to the stadium, the infamous laft field wall known as the "Green Monster".

A game on July 3rd 1947, with the newly built Green Monster in the background.
A game on July 3rd 1947, with the newly built Green Monster in the background. | Source

Today, probably one of the most recognizable constructions in Boston is a wall just over 37 feet tall that lies about 300 feet from home plate, the Green Monster, the wall that towers above left field in Fenway Park. It was not officially renovated until 1947, although the wall itself was there as an advertising billboard. This picture below depicts a colorized original photo of a game in 1947 in early July. It displays the Monster as it remained until the 02-03 off season when the first seats were constructed there for fans to sit in. Today, it provides both history and one of the best and most famed seats in the house.

Ted Williams checks the score on the left field scoreboard in 1950.
Ted Williams checks the score on the left field scoreboard in 1950. | Source

This is a classic shot of Ted WIliams checking out the scoreboard located in the outfield. This iconic image was taken during the 1950 season.

An aerial shot of Fenway park in the mid 20th century.
An aerial shot of Fenway park in the mid 20th century. | Source

The photo above provides an awesome aerial shot of Fenway Park sometime in the middle of the century. You can clearly see that streets were not blocked on either side of the stadium and places such as Yawkey Way were not in existence. Cars still drove right next to the stadium during this time.

The famous left field scoreboard before the game on April 20th, 2012 celebrating Fenway Park's 100th birthday.
The famous left field scoreboard before the game on April 20th, 2012 celebrating Fenway Park's 100th birthday. | Source

Happy Birthday Fenway! You just turned 100!

Now, it's time to relive some of the greatest moments in the Park's history located in the link below. You can also vote for your favorite photo from this article by voting in the poll below.

Which of these was your favorite photo?

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      Abba Elijah aka elijagod 3 years ago from Abuja - Nigeria

      What a fascinating history?

      Thanks for sharing !

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      MarkRFox 5 years ago

      Thanks for reading. My Mom's side of the family is from West Springfield, so the Red Sox are close to my heart.

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      PATTY 5 years ago

      BEING FROM MASSACHUSETTS AND FOLLOWING THE RED SOX, IT WAS INTERESTING TO READ THE HISTORY.