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Fenway 1912: The Birth of a Ballpark, a Championship Season, and Fenway's Remarkable First Yearby Glenn Stout
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Dodgers. The word conjures different things to different people, but its distinction and#151; and notoriety and#151; is universal. In the annals of baseball, the history of few other teams can compare to the rich legacy of the Dodgers. Their constituency includes fans from Bensonhurst to Burbank. Their colorful past and#151; and#147;dem bums,and#8221; Jackie Robinson and the boys of summer, Walter Oand#8217;Malley, Sandy Koufax, Tommy Lasorda, and#147;bleeding Dodger blueand#8221; and#151; has enlivened baseball in innumerable, immeasurable ways. And their legacy, casting a 120-year shadow, remains essential to the very nature of the game.
In a compelling, insightfully written narrative and more than two hundred unforgettable photographs, many never before seen, The Dodgers: 120 Years of Dodgers Baseball tells the team's story in its entirety, from its birth in Brooklyn in 1884 and its early glories, to the heart-wrenching move to Los Angeles in 1958, to the present day. The Dodgers' evolution, and particularly their willingness to embrace change even when it was a wildly unpopular choice, is also, writes Glenn Stout in his introduction, and#147;an inherently American story that follows a familiar path, a story of immigration, assimilation, migration, and change.and#8221; In one of the only books to look at the team as a unified whole, we see how the Dodgers helped create modern baseball in Brooklyn, how they ushered the game into its contemporary form with the signing of Jackie Robinson in 1945, and how they have borne witness to the metamorphosis of baseball from an amateur game played by gentlemen into a multibillion-dollar business. It's all here, a century and more of history-making baseball. In these pages, readers will experience some of the game's finest moments, greatest plays, and most unforgettable players, including
and#149; the birth of the and#147;Trolley Dodgersand#8221; in an unlikely borough and#149; a legendary series of stirring pennant races in the late 1940s and 1950s and#149; Jackie Robinson and the integration of baseball and#149; the notorious move from East Coast to West at the hands of the much-maligned Walter Oand#8217;Malley and#149; the reemergence of the Dodgers-Giants rivalry in California and#149; the game's most dynamic pitching duo, Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale and#149; Kirk Gibsonand#8217;s dramatic home run in the 1988 World Series * and lively essays by such heralded Dodger chroniclers as Dave Anderson, Jane Leavy, Bill Plaschke, Dick Young, and others
"In his new work, Stout (Red Sox Century) turns back the clock to 1912 to capture the first season the Boston Red Sox played on their now storied home field. The author gives a detailed account of how Fenway was constructed using 'reinforced concrete,' an improvement from the wooden ballpark it replaced. Of course, a ballpark is nothing without a team, and Stout weaves the story of the new ballpark into the saga of the Red Sox ownership, players, fans, and the city of Boston. While Stout is thorough in covering the 1912 season from spring training to the Sox's World Series with the New York Giants, some of the 100-year-old game recaps don't seem as fresh. Still, Stout's knowledge of the sport and passion for the game certainly come across in his writing, especially when he is uncovering little known details of this bygone era of baseball. The book is full of fun and informative anecdotes about Fenway's past and present including the connection between the ballpark and the sinking of Titanic, the origins of the term 'Green Monster,' and how the new field with its cliff in left field, its short porch in right, and the bleachers in center affected Sox outfielders Duffy Lewis and Tris Speaker. Finished off with an epilogue that captures the major moments in Fenway history, this work is a well-constructed tribute to Fenway on its upcoming 100th anniversary. Photos. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
A narrative of the first Red Sox season at Fenway Park, to coincide with the 100-year anniversary of the park.
In honor of its hundred-year anniversary, Glenn Stout tells the remarkable story of Fenways very first year, from the long winter when locals poured concrete and erected history to the ragtag Red Sox team that won a World Series for Fenways first season. Drawing on extensive new research, Fenway 1912 is an extraordinary tale of innovation, desperation, and perspiration—capturing Fenway as never before.
Winner of the 2011 Seymour Medal from the Society for American Baseball Research, for the best book of baseball history or biography
"An irresistible look back on Fenway Park's first season, not just for Sox fans . . . a great choice for anyone who enjoys a dip into baseball history at its best."—Huffington Post
Even people who aren’t fans of baseball know Fenway Park. More than just a ballpark, it is a part of American culture, and has been for nearly one hundred years. In Fenway 1912, Glenn Stout tells the remarkable story of Fenway’s first year, from the long winter when locals poured concrete and built the park to the ragtag Red Sox team that embarked on a journey to the World Series while the paint was still drying and the grass still coming in. Stout tells the stories behind the park’s notorious quirks like the Green Monster, and of the designers, builders, managers, and players who made Fenway’s first year unforgettable.
For all that has been written in tribute to the great Fenway Park, no one has ever really told the behind-the-scenes true story. Drawing on extensive new research, the esteemed baseball historian Glenn Stout delivers an extraordinary tale of innovation, desperation, and perspiration—capturing Fenway as never before.
"Fenway 1912 reads like a novel, detailing the trials and tribulations of the quaint ballpark and the team itself … Stout has made a great story out of history.”—Baseball America
"Stout's vivid writing and extraordinary research make the journey worthwhile in so many ways . . . you will likely feel as if you were in the creaky grandstand yourself."—Boston Globe
The oldest park in the major leagues, the last of the old-timey baseball theaters, Fenway Park has inspired more lavish praise and outrageous comparisons than any other American sports arena. And to think, it was almost lost.
In this glistening new edition of their classic pictorial tribute, best-selling author Dan Shaughnessy and Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Stan Grossfeld have both preserved the Fenway of our childhood memories and captured the magic and mania of the Fenway of today. From the landmark Green Monster, the lone red seat marking Ted Williams's longest home run, and the hand-operated scoreboard, to the coveted new seats perched atop the Wall and the circus atmosphere of Yawkey Way, Fenway Park is the best blend of old and new. In these pages this quintessential American-ballpark experience is lovingly illustrated and detailed.
Featuring more than sixty new color photographs, with added chapters on the historic 2004 World Series victory and recent ballpark renovations, Fenway: A Biography in Words and Pictures also boasts a new foreword by Leigh Montville and additional recollections from famous players, coaches, and illustrious fans — Yo-Yo Ma, Tim Russert, Senator Edward Kennedy, among others.
Like a walk-off homer on a starlit New England summer night, Fenway is sure to thrill a whole new generation of fans.
About the Author
GLENN STOUT is the author of Young Woman and the Sea, Red Sox Century, Yankees Century, The Dodgers, and The Cubs. He has been the editor of The Best American Sports Writing since its inception.
Table of Contents
Part I: Glory Days 3 Oddities of Bleacher Bugs.” 1911. Ring Lardner 8 Rival Baseball Nine for Boston. 1901. Anonymous 11 Americans First Game. 1901. W. S. Barnes, Jr.
13 Collinss Men Lose. 1901. W. S. Barnes, Jr.
18 Boston Americans Are the Champions of the World. 1903. T. H. Murnane 26 The Series That Almost Never Got Played. 1968. Frank Sleeper 32 The Irish in Baseball. 1904. Jimmy Collins 36 With Bostons Worlds Champion Ball Players—Way Down South. 1904. Frederic P. Oconnell 41 My Greatest Day in Baseball. 1945. Cy Young, As Told to Francis J. Powers 44 Cy Youngs Baseball Epigrams. 1904. Cy Young 46 Bright Red Stockings for Pilgrims While Playing at Home Next Year. 1907. Arthur Mcpherson 48 Fenway Park Is Formally Opened With Red Sox Win. 1912. Paul H. Shannon 54 Boston Now Supreme in Baseball World. 1912. T. H. Murnane 64 Ruth Leads Red Sox to Victory. 1914. T. H. Murnane 67 Strike! Strike! Strike! 1918. Nick Flatley 70 Red Sox Are Again World Champions. 1918. Paul H. Shannon 76 the Hero of the Series. 1918. F. C. Lane 82 Letter From George Whiteman. 1921. George Whiteman 84 The Fire Brand of the American League. 1919. F. C. Lane 95 New York Club Gives $125,000 for Battering Babe. 1920. Paul H. Shannon
Part II: Yawkeys Way 105 Starch for the Red Sox. 1933. Bill Cunningham 115 Red Sox Owners Display Courage. 1933. Bill Cunningham 119 You Cannot Buy a Pennant! 1936. Daniel M. Daniel 122 Whats the Matter With the Red Sox? 1946. Harold Kaese 134 Teds Longest Homer Pierces Straw Hat on Head 450 Feet Away. 1946. Harold Kaese 136 Won It the Way Cronin Wanted. 1946. Al Hirshberg 140 Sox Locker Room Resembles a Wake. 1946. Joe Mckenney 144 U.S. Baseball Madness Pleasant to Behold in Face of Worlds Woes. 1948. Westbrook Pegler 148 What Was Matter With Our Red Sox? 1948. Harold Kaese 153 Sox Apollo. 1955. John Gillooly
Part III: The Tryout 161 Sports Spurts. 1945. Wendell Smith 164 What about Trio Seeking Sox Tryout? 1945. Dave Egan 167 Three Race Baseball Candidates Impress Red Sox Coach Hugh Duffy. 1945. Doc Kountze 169 Red Sox Candidates Waiting to Hear from Management. 1945. Wendell Smith
Part IV: Teddy Ballgame and the Knights of the Keyboard 175 Ted Williams Blasts Boston. 1940. Austen Lake 179 Ted Sets Back Baseball Clock. 1950. Gerry Hern 182 Colonel Sends Word to Williams:Why Wait Til 54 End?--quit Now. 1954. Dave (the Colonel) Egan 185 Williams Hits Homer, Covers Mouth Before 30,338. 1954. Bob Holbrook 189 Slight to Ted Disgraceful. 1957. Dave (the Colonel) Egan 192 The Kids Last Game. 1961. Ed Linn
Part V: Impossible Dreams and Nightmares 221 The Impossible Dream? 1967. Harold Kaese 224 Sox Barely Escape Screaming, Streaming Fans. 1967. Bud Collins 228 Its a Great Town for Baseball. 1967. Jimmy Breslin 232 The Impossible Dream. 1986. Jim Lonborg 238 Yaz Clutch Streak Has No Parallel. 1967. Harold Kaese 241 1967: The Flowering and Subsequent Deflowering of New England. 1967. Roger Angell 263 A Postcard from My Brother. 1992. Steve Buckley 269 Opening Day at Fenway. 1971. George Kimball 275 Tibialibus Rubris XV, Eboracum Novum V. 1973. George Frazier 280 Fisks Home Run in 12th Beats Reds, 76. 1975. Peter Gammons 284 The Best Game Ever! 1975. Ray Fitzgerald 287 To Bill Lee. 1976. Tom Clark 295 The Boston Massacre. 1978. Peter Gammons 302 Gloomsville. 1978. Tim Horgan 305 The Confessions of a Rookie in Pearls. 1980. Marie Brenner 320 Rapt by the Radio. 1986. John Updike 325 Buckners Story Is Painfully Familiar. 1986. Leigh Montville 328 Game 6. 1987. Peter Gammons 341 Babe Ruth Curse Strikes Again. 1986. George Vecsey 344 The Mets Take It, 85. 1986. Dan Shaughnessy 347 A Brothers Keeper. 1989. Mike Lupica
Part VI: Later Innings 357 Blowing Em Away. 1998. Charles P. Pierce 364 Batter Up. 1999. Molly Oneill 372 Observers Still Awestruck. 1999. Bob Ryan 375 Time Has Come for Him to Own Up. 2001. Dan Shaughnessy 378 Sox On Cusp of Being Freed. 2001. Bill Ballou 381 Dukes Last Hurrah? 2001. Tony Massarotti 385 Looking for Ted Williams. 2002. Glenn Stout 389 Credits and Permissions 391 Index
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