105 Years at Fenway Park
April 20, 2017 will mark the 105th anniversary of the opening of Fenway Park, one of the greatest ballparks in America – and arguably one of best known baseball organizations in the world. So, whether baseball is “your thing” or not, we think this is a great year to grab friends and family and pay a visit to The Cathedral. Make it a day trip, or take a weekend getaway to Boston – where you can take in the sights and sounds of Massachusetts’ busiest city – it’s up to you. Either way, why not celebrate America’s oldest ballpark turning 105?
Truly one of the best-known sports venues the world over, here are 7 reasons Fenway Park is one of America’s favorite places to play:
1. Impressive Inauguration
The year is 1912: Fenway Park has only been open 6 months. (Its grand opening was overshadowed by the tragic events and ensuing newspaper coverage of the Titanic sinking, only a few days earlier.) Now the Red Sox are in Game 8 of the World Series. Why Game 8? These were the early days before field lights, meaning late-night ties meant additional games. The Red Sox are pitted against the Giants (and specifically baseball great Christy Mathewson). It’s a nail biter as the game moves into extra innings. The Giants score in the top of the 10th, but then Tris Speaker and Larry Gardner add an unbelievable two to the score, and the Red Sox take the World Series in Fenway’s inaugural year, making its first year a tough one to beat!
2. Unique Name
Anyone who knows anything about U.S. baseball knows the name Boston Red Sox, but the name’s origin itself has a little more mystery surrounding it – namely, why it’s spelled “Sox” instead of “Socks.” In 1907, new uniforms made red the team’s official color, so naturally, the players wore red socks. The decision to call the team “The Red Socks” nearly decided itself. The owner, however, did not like the look of the word “RED SOCKS” spelled out on the jersey, so he shortened it to “RED SOX,” splitting the 6 letters down the middle evenly. But the story gets a little stranger – there was another team called the Boston Red Stockings, but they were another team entirely – today they are called the Atlanta Braves.
3. Famous Registration
On March 7, 2012, Fenway Park was officially added to the National Register of Historic Places. In the words of famous former pitcher, Bill Lee, Fenway Park is now “a shrine:” a pending landmark in Boston; meaning any changes to the park will require specific and necessary approval. No tearing down Fenway to make a shopping mall or parking lot!
4. Consecutive Sellouts
On September 8, 2008, Fenway Park broke the current Major League record for most consecutive sellouts. The park went on to achieve 794 consecutive home sellouts and 26 postseason games before ending the streak on April 11, 2013; proving Fenway Park is the place to be!
5. Famous Seat
The Lone Red Seat can be found in the bleachers, right field. (Look for row 37, section 42, and seat 21.) This red chair – shining like a beacon amid a sea of green seats – represents the longest homer ever hit in Fenway Park. On June 9, 1946, Ted Williams sent the ball screaming an impressive 502 feet, where it landed with an unfortunate thud on a spectator’s head. Considering the spectator gave statements to the Press, it is assumed he ended up okay – but what a headache!
6. Monster Dents
The famous Green Monster, named for the high left-field wall of the park, looks like a plain green wall, but looks are deceiving. In reality, the Green Monster is marked by thousands of dents from decades of baseballs that have hit the wall since it was installed in 1975. How many dents are in the wall, exactly? Depends on who you ask. We would guess over 200,000, but that’s probably a good question for your tour guide.
7. Enjoyable Tours
Speaking of tour guides, YOU are welcome to come see the stadium where dreams are made and where baseball is rumored to live forever. Come re-live your favorite memories at the park or make new ones! See the home of baseball legends up close and personal. Stand on top of the famous Green Monster or sit in the famous red seat. Here’s the scoop on tours at Fenway:
- Availability: Fenway Park tours are available every day, year-round, come rain or shine!
- Hours: Tours are available on the hour from 9 to 5, with the last tour leaving promptly at 5:00 on non-game days or 3 hours before a game on game days. Winter hours are 10 to 5.
- Accessibility: Tours are handicap accessible.
- Sights: Go on a 60-minute guided tour and learn the best club, player, and team history. You’ll never look at the stadium the same way again!
- Tickets: Adult tickets cost $20 (with military tickets $17); children are $14. Call (617) 226-6666 to reserve your ticket(s) today!
Exceptional Living at The Overlook
Here at The Overlook, we believe retirement should include a vibrant social life. With a breathtaking New England backdrop and a close-knit, active community, you are free to develop the lifestyle –including the tight circle of friends – that’s best for you. And while we may not be able to convince you to love baseball (or even specifically the Red Sox!) we’d like to try talking you into any of our fun events or suggested activities. Charlton, Massachusetts, and The Overlook, are just a short distance from Boston’s best attractions. Call 866-753-5429 to set up a tour. We’d love to show you around.