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Amid the Chaos, Red Sox Have Quietly Developed Young Core for Future
Tuesday July 7th, 2015 - At roughly the midpoint of it all, the Boston Red Sox's 2015 season is so far one for the "Disappointing" file. This team was supposed more...
Red Sox Coming Alive to Stay Within Striking Distance of AL East Bunch
Friday July 3rd, 2015 - Six games out of first place with half a season still to play, the Pittsburgh Pirates are beginning to look like a real challenger to t more...
Clay Buchholz Is the Ace Everyone Assumes the Red Sox Don't Have
Tuesday June 30th, 2015 - The Boston Red Sox don't have an ace starting pitcher. I've said it. Chances are you've probably said it as well. It's been the consens more...
Dustin Pedroia Injury: Updates on Red Sox Star's Hamstring and Return
Thursday June 25th, 2015 - Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia suffered a hamstring injury June 24 against the Baltimore Orioles, per Ricky Doyl more...
Should Red Sox Blow Up Latest Roster, Clubhouse Mess?
Wednesday June 24th, 2015 - For the Boston Red Sox, 2015 is feeling suspiciously like 2012. And so, the same question the Red Sox found themselves asking that year more...
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The Creation of Fenway Park
Fenway Park opened on April 20, 1912, making it the oldest ballpark still in active use in Major League Baseball. Fenway Park is actually the second home for the Sox. In 1901, the Boston Pilgrims became one of the teams in the American League. The Pilgrims played at the Huntington Avenue Grounds, now a part of Northeastern University's campus. Boston Globe owner General Charles Henry Taylor, a Civil War veteran, bought the team for his son John I. Taylor in 1904. In 1907, owner Taylor changed the club's name from the Pilgrims to the Red Sox. In 1910, tired of the leasing arrangement for the Huntington Avenue Grounds, Taylor made a big announcement: he would build a new ballpark for his Red Sox. Taylor dubbed the new ballpark Fenway Park because of its location in the Fenway section of Boston.
Fenway Park's Early Years
Its opening in 1912 was not mentioned on top page in the newspaper, happening, as it did five days after the sinking of the Titanic. Fenway Park is one of the few remaining classic parks in major league baseball to have a significant number of obstructed view seats. These are sold as such, and are a reminder of the architectural limitations of older ballparks.
On May 8, 1926, Fenway Park caught fire, destroying bleacher seats down the left field line. Yet nothing was done until Tom Yawkey bought the Red Sox in 1933. Yawkey, a rich man devoted to getting the Red Sox a championship, re-did the stadium in 1934. He put concrete bleachers in center to replace the old wood ones, "Duffy's Cliff" was leveled off (not completely), and the 37' wooden left field wall was replaced by a more durable, 37' sheet metal structure. This would later be known as the "Green Monster". However, the screen was replaced after the 2002 season with more seating atop the Green Monster (in an attempt to fit as many seats as possible in Fenway).
Modern Day Fenway
In 1940, bullpens were constructed in right field bringing the fence 23' closer to home plate. This was done for second year player Ted Williams, a natural left-handed pull hitter. Sky-view seats were put in during 1946, followed by lights in 1947, and Diamond Vision over the center field bleachers in 1976. Private suites were added to the roof in 1983, and a glassed-in seating section called the 600 Club was built behind home plate in 1988. Scientists and studies have showed that the installation on the 600 Club has affected the wind currents in Fenway, creating swirling winds around the field instead of a direct wind towards the outfield often times.