Book Tells the Tale
Fenway Park has not only served as the home of the
Boston Red Sox, but it is one of baseball's few remaining treasures. It
has stood the test of time, and given millions of baseball fans
The first major league game at Fenway Park was played
on April 20, 1912, just a few days after the Titanic sunk. The first
ceremonial ball was thrown out by then-Boston Mayor John "Honey Fitz"
Fitzgerald, the grandfather to be of John F. Kennedy.
Built at a cost of just $650,000 Fenway Park,
according to author Dan Shaughnessy, is today as it has always been,
"A friendly neighborhood joint, the corner bar of American sports
Shaughnessy, a Boston Globe sportswriter and an award
winner many times over, is the author or several books including "The
Curse of the Bambino." His latest work, "Fenway A Biography in
Words and Pictures," stands as a tribute to beautiful Fenway Park.
"Fenway A Biography in Words and Pictures"
is a loving tribute to the legends who have played at Fenway, the fans who
have cheered there, and the city of Boston which has supported the little
ballpark since the doors were opened in 1912.
The book also celebrates the people of Boston, the
workers at the Fens like the scorekeepers who have worked the
hand-operated board, and the street vendors who peddle their stuff outside
The second oldest (and soon to be the oldest)
ballpark in the major leagues - the last of the single-deck theaters -
Fenway Park has inspired more enduring praise and outspoken criticism than
any American sports arena in history. The Green Monster in left field
where Ted Williams, Yaz, and Jim Rice patrolled, the lone red seat that
marks Ted Williams's record-setting longest home run hit there, the
hand-operated scoreboard at the base of the Wall, the luxury "600
Club" with the press box perched high above, and the Hall of Fame
faces make Fenway unique.
Some of that uniqueness comes through in Stan Grossfeld's prize-winning
color photography, which also appears in this book. Fenway comes across in
all seasons from all vantage points. We are able to see what a home run
looks like from a blimp, and what the field looks like viewed from the
Celebrity interviews give the book a special touch of
class. It is very interesting to get the Fenway perspectives of David
Halberstram, Stephen King, Bob Costas, Don Zimmer, George Steinbrenner,
Carl Yastrzemski, George Will, Bud Selig, Jim Palmer, James Earl Jones,
Dennis Eckersley, Bucky Dent, Ken Burns and Doris Kearns Goodwin. And
fittingly, Ted Williams pens the foreword.
Dan Shaughnessy notes: "When they raze Fenway,
it'll be like cutting down an old tree. Count the rings. There's one for
each celebration and heartache suffered by Red Sox' fans."
One of the last major league parks that still features organ music between
innings and before and after games, Fenway harkens back to another time,
another America. It is just wonderful that this book was written. It is a
keepsake all baseball fans.
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About the Author:
Harvey Frommer is in his 38th year of writing books.
A noted oral historian and sports journalist, the author of 42 sports
books including the classics: "New York City Baseball,1947-1957" and
"Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball," his acclaimed REMEMBERING YANKEE
STADIUM was published in 2008 and his REMEMBERING FENWAY PARK: AN ORAL
AND NARRATIVE HISTORY OF THE HOME OF RED SOX NATION was published to
acclaim in 2011. The prolific Frommer is at work on When It Was
Just a Game, An Oral History on Super Bowel One.
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