Fenway Park is One Hundred Today, Happy Birthday Fenway…..

HAPPY BIRTHDAY FENWAY!!!!

Well here I am! I arrived at Fenway at 6:00 AM after a long night of travel but after all is not sleep over rated? We will have plenty of time to sleep when we’re dead and I didn’t want to waste a minute on this glorious day!

A scattering of the Fenway Faithful were on the sidewalk on Landsdowne Street in line and hopeful to get tickets  for today’s celebration.

I took a walk around the park and said my hellos to my favorite spots, hell the whole thing is my favorite spot. I learned a few things which I will share.

One, they left the lights on all night…A great touch and I only wish I could have arrived in the dark for the full effect!

Two, check the banners and you will see the name of Babe Ruth! FINALLY, the Red Sox proudly and unashamedly proclaim Babe as one of theirs. Finally the Babe takes his rightful place in Red Sox history!

Three, all night paint crews worked to adorn the streets with special sidwalk crossings all around the park. 

Yawkey Way and Ipswich Street.

There is a buzz on the streets outside of Fenway Park, in fact throughout the city and it will only intensify as the day moves on. The gates will open at 12:30 and the ceremonies will commence at 2:05. Oh and they’ll play a game which will start at 3:05, the same start time as April 20, 1912. And in the third base dugout will be the New York Highlanders, oops, scuse me, the New York Yankees.

And I can’t wait! What a Day!

And so it is on this day in Fenway Park history, April 20, 2012 Fenway’s 100th birthday!

 

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About fenwaypark100

Hello and welcome, my name is Raymond Sinibaldi. An educator for more than two decades, a baseball fan for nearly 60 years, I have authored four books about baseball and her glorious history; with a fifth on the way in late spring of 2015; the first, The Babe in Red Stockings which was co-authored with Kerry Keene and David Hickey. It is a chronicle of Babe's days with the Red Sox. We also penned a screenplay about Babe's Red Sox days so if any of you are Hollywood inclined or would like to represent us in forwarding that effort feel free to contact me through my email. In 2012 we three amigos published Images of Fenway Park in honor of the 100th birthday of Fenway Park. That led to the creation of this blog. The following year, 2013 came my first solo venture, Spring Training in Bradenton and Sarasota. This is a pictorial history of spring training in those two Florida cities. The spring of 2014 brought forth the 1967 Red Sox, The Impossible Dream Season. The title speaks for itself and it also is a pictorial history. Many of the photos in this book were never published before. The spring of 2015 will bring 1975 Red Sox, American League Champions. Another pictorial effort, this will be about the Red Sox championship season of 1975 and the World Series that restored baseball in America. I was fortunate enough to consult with sculptor Franc Talarico on the “Jimmy Fund” statue of Ted Williams which stands outside both Fenway Park and Jet Blue Park Fenway South, in Fort Myers Florida. That story is contained in the near 300 posts which are contained herein. This blog has been dormant for awhile but 2015 will bring it back to life so jump on board, pass the word and feel free to contact me about anything you read or ideas you may have for a topic. Thanks for stopping by, poke around and enjoy. Autographed copies of all my books are available here, simply click on Raymond Sinibaldi and email me.
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2 Responses to Fenway Park is One Hundred Today, Happy Birthday Fenway…..

  1. fred sawyer says:

    Hi
    Thanks for the wonderful write up and story about Duffy Lewis. The 100th anniversary celebration of Fenway and the 1912 team has a special meaning for me. As a teen-ager I maintained a friendship and correspondence with 2 members of the 1912 team, Smokey Joe Wood and Duffy Lewis. Lewis was almost 90 at the time and I had written and spoken to him on the phone. He was a wonderful and very kind man although at that point he was very frail

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