FENWAY PARK

The History of 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.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"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 (AP Wire, Ripken makes final trips to Fenway, Yankee Stadium , 09/24/2001)

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Fenway Park Matinee (© 1996 Bill Goff, Inc., Kent, Ct.)

Major League Occupant(s)

First Game
04-20-1912
First Win
04-20-1912
First Loss
04-23-1912
First Shutout
05-20-1912
First No-Hitter
Last Game
Current / Active

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Fenway Park Seating Chart

Ballpark Capacity & Seating Chart

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

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'

Fenway Park

Fenway Park Green Monster (Picture by Digital Ballparks)

Miscellaneous Items of Interest

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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Fenway Park History by Baseball Almanac
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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. The park's original address was 24 Jersey Street. In 1977, a section of Jersey Street nearest the park was renamed Yawkey Way in honor of longtime Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey, and the park's address became 4 Yawkey Way until 2018, when the street's name was reverted to Jersey Street.

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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