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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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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
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.
“After one hundred years, each time you walk up the ramp from beneath the stands and out toward that sea of sunlit grass, Fenway Park remains the most special kind of place there is, a place that can still change your life.”
In anticipation of the one hundredth anniversary of Americas most beloved ballpark, the untold story of how Fenway Park came to be and its remarkable first season. 1912 was a leap year, the year the Titanic sank, and it was also the year baseballs original shrine, the one and only Fenway Park, was born. While the paint was still drying, the infield grass still coming in, the Red Sox embarked on an unlikely season that culminated in a World Series battle against the Giants that stands as one of the greatest ever played.
Fenway 1912 tells the incredible story of Fenway, from the unorthodox blueprint that underlies the parks notorious quirks, to the long winter when locals poured concrete and erected history, to the notorious fixers who then ruled the game, to the ragtag team who delivered a world championship, Fenways first.
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 of its tumultuous yet glorious first year. 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.
About the Author
GLENN STOUT is the author of Young Woman and the Sea and Fenway 1912.
Table of Contents
Introduction • ix
Prologue • xvii
1911 • 1
HOT STOVE • 26
HOT SPRINGS • 51
OPENING DAYS • 73
THE WALL AND THE CLIFF • 100
HOME STAND • 121
THE BIG TRIP • 139
HOME SAFE • 161
HEAVYWEIGHTS • 182
GIANTS ON THE HORIZON • 213
THE GATHERING OF THE CLANS • 237
HOME SWEET HOME • 259
GIANT KILLERS • 281
LAST STAND AT FENWAY PARK • 301
Epilogue • 331
Acknowledgments • 348
Bibliographic Notes and Sources • 349
Notes • 355
Boston Red Sox 1912 Statistics • 370
Index • 380
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