Fenway Park

The Boston Red Sox once wrote, "One of the joys of New England life is returning to the Chapel that is the home of the Boston Red Sox: Fenway Park. Unlike other Shrines, though, this House of Worship generates electricity. It is a place where visitors can see the invisible murals that have been painted and left behind by the men who have played there in years gone by."

That glorious "chapel" called Fenway began its formal life history in September 1911 when ground was broken by the Charles Logue Building Company. Less than a year later the first exhibition game was played and nearly a century later, the hallowed grounds are still standing despite the commercialization of virtually every aspect of the game. Baseball Almanac is pleased to present a comprehensive ballpark analysis of Fenway Park.

"The thing that I remember the most is just the feeling you get when you walk out on that field (at Fenway Park). All of the ballparks, especially the new ones, and Camden Yards, I guess, started the trend, try to capture in the modern sense the feeling of Fenway Park. It's just a great feeling to be able to play baseball on that field. It's a special place." - Cal Ripken, Jr. on CNNSI.com (AP Wire, 09/24/2001, 'Ripken makes final trips to Fenway, Yankee Stadium', Source )
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Fenway Park Matinee (©1996 Bill Goff, Inc., Kent, Ct.)

Major League Occupant(s)

Data

First Game

04-20-1912

First Night Game

06-13-1947

Last Game

Current / Active

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Ballpark Capacity & Seating Chart

Data

Capacity Changes
( Yearly Attendance )

1912

35,000

1947

35,500

1949

35,200

1953

34,824

1958

34,819

1960

33,368

1961

33,357

1965

33,524

1968

33,375

1971

33,379

1976

33,437

1977

33,513

1979

33,538

1981

33,536

1983

33,465

1985

33,583

1989

34,182

1991

34,171

1992

33,925

1993

34,218

2001

[Day Games] 33,577

[Night Games] 33,993

2002

34,153

2003

36,298

2004

37,198

2005

[Day Games] 35,888

[Night Games] 36,298

2007

38,808

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Ballpark Diagram & Dimensions

Data

Backstop

1912

68'

1934

60'

Left Field

1912

324'

1926

320½'

1930

320'

1931

318'

1933

320'

1934

312'

1936

315'

1995

310'

Left Center Field

1912

379'

Center Field

1912

488'

1930

468'

1934

388.67'

1936

390'

Center Field (Deep Niche)

1912

510'

1931

493'

1934

420'

Right Field (Deep)

1912

380'

1955

383'

Right Field (Power Alley)

1912

405'

1940

382'

1942

381'

1943

380'

Right Field

1912

313½'

1926

358½'

1930

358'

1931

325'

1933

358'

1936

332'

1938

322'

1939

332'

1940

304'

1942

302'

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Fenway Park Green Monster (Picture by Digital Ballparks)

Miscellaneous Items of Interest

Data

Architect

1912

James McLaughlin

Civil Engineers
1912
Osborn Engineering

1934

Osborn Engineering

Construction

1912

Charles Logue Building Company

1934

Coleman Brothers, Inc.

Cost

1912

$650,000

Owner

1912

Boston Red Sox, Inc.

Field Surfaces

1912

Bluegrass

Flagpole

1934

388' From Home Plate

1970

Removed From Field

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The architect who designed Fenway Park was James McLaughlin and the construction was done by Charles Logue Building Company at the cost of $650,000. On January 5, 1934, a major fire destroyed much of Fenway Park. Osborn Engineering & Coleman Brothers, Inc. was brought in to fix the park ($1,575,000 worth of repairs) and the wooden grandstands were replaced with steel & concrete grandstands. The seats were and still are made of solid oak.

Did you know that the RED seat in the right field bleachers at Fenway Park marks the spot where longest home run ever hit inside Fenway Park landed? On June 9, 1946 , Ted Williams hit a 502 foot home run off Fred Hutchinson of the Detroit Tigers . Sitting in Section 42, Row 37, Seat 21 was Joe Boucher — a 56-year old construction worker from Albany, New York. The ball hit Boucher on the head dislocating his straw hat and causing him to tell the media, "After it hit my head I was no longer interested (in obtaining the souvenir)."

Fenway Park unusual facts: 1. In 1974, Willie Horton once hit a foul ball that killed a pigeon in flight. 2. While many ballplayers have cleared "the green monster," not one has ever hit a ball over the right-field roof. 3. The foul ball safety screen behind home plate was the first ever in Major League history. 4. The ladder built on the green monster is thirteen feet above the field and designed to allow the groundskeeper a method to retrieve balls hit into the netting (which was removed in 2003 as seats were placed where the net once stood). The ladder still remains and if hit, is a only ground rule double. 5. The manual scoreboard in left field was installed in 1934, slightly moved (twenty feet to the right) in 1976, has 16" x 16" alpha / numeric signs that weigh three pounds each & 16x12 signs that weigh two pounds each, and on the back of the scoreboard are autographs from the ballplayers who appeared in left field.

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