Synopses & Reviews
No other ballpark has the feel and tradition of Fenway. Entering the grandstand, one is transported back through time as the spirits of all those who came before seem to inhabit the cozy confines. Built by Red Sox owner John I. Taylor, Fenway Park opened in the spring of 1912, making it the oldest ballpark in the major leagues. Remembering Fenway Park beautifully documents the stadiums entire career through a decade-by-decade account, a priceless collection of historical photographs, and vivid, first-person reminiscences of the people to whom this great place has meant so much: journalists, players, and fans. No Red Sox fan—no baseball fan—will resist this incredible book.
Praise for Remembering Fenway Park:
"Remembering has everything a fan could want: iconic images, funny stories, and a sense of reverence." -The Boston Globe
"Historian Harvey Frommer (who also did a fine retrospective on Yankee Stadium) has used Fenway as a virtual cutaway of baseball history for 99 years with scores of former Red Sox-everyone from Jim Piersall to Pumpsie Green (the Red Sox's first black player) to Carl Yastrzemski to 'Spaceman' Bill Lee contributed their memories, as well as opponents such as Brooks Robinson, who steps in with timely pinch hits. The text is crisp, and the photos, both black-and-white and color, simply gorgeous. (My favorite: the three DiMaggio brothers, Vince, Dom and Joe, taken in 1986.) A great book even for those who hate the Red Sox."
-The Dallas Morning News
"Daringly organized as a mosaic of Red Sox Nation, Remembering Fenway Park glitters with fond memories and delightful surprises. Anyone who has ever sat in Fenway, or longs to, will love this book. In his sure hands with oral history, Harvey Frommer is a treasure of our national pastime."
-John Thorn, Official Historian for Major League Baseball
-Northeast Public Radio
"[This] handsome coffee table book marks the centenary of the grand old park."
"Gem of a book about a jewel of a ballpark"
"Worthy of its sacred subject . . . Unforgettable."
-Dan Shaughnessy, Boston Globe
"Stout imbues his account with a unique vibrancy and a razor-sharp intelligence. A wonderful sports book." -- Booklist, starred review and#160; "A valuable addition to baseball history . . . Baseball diehards and historians, and of course Red Sox fans, will find much of interest in this paean to one of sportand#8217;s most famous venues." -- Kirkus Reviews and#160; "Fun and informative . . . A well-constructed tribute to Fenway on its upcoming 100th anniversary." -- Publishers Weekly "This is a book for anyone who cares about the storied Boston Red Sox, about their 100-year-old bandbox of a stadium, about the remarkable championship season of 1912, about the street-level history of Boston, and about why baseball will forever be the all-American pastime. This is a book for all of us." and#8211; Larry Tye, author of SATCHEL: The Life and Times of an American Legend "Glenn Stout has done the impossible: he has put an end to the seemingly bottomless genre that is Fenway Park books. We now need no more. We get not pomp and circumstance, but the bones and blueprint of a legendary ballpark and#8212; topped with a star-filled World Series that still endures. He doesnand#8217;t pretend history is straw hats and cigars, but gives you real people, real baseball and (the best part) real Boston, the way any real writer should." and#8211; Howardand#160;Bryant, ESPN, and author of The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron
There is no other stadium like Fenway Park with its wooden seats, manual scoreboard, and the looming green monster; no other history that includes such an infamous trade, a curse, and a penchant for losing critical games; no other group of fans that measure up to the loyal Red Sox Nation. There is simply no other team that compares to the Red Sox.
This revised and updated version of 101 Reasons to Love the Red Sox is filled with reasons to celebrate Boston's best-loved team: the 2004 World Series championship, the beloved B, five World Series titles before 1919, Yawky Way, the legendary Ted Williams, Royal Rooters, the "Impossible Dream" season, Cy Young, and Big Papi. Vintage and modern photos, baseball cards, memorable stories, and sports trivia provide a portrait of the Red Sox from their very beginning to the present. The heart of the players and fans combined with the Red Sox' storied past truly make Fenway Park a field of dreams.
In honor of its hundred-year anniversary, Glenn Stout tells the remarkable story of Fenwayand#8217;s 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 Fenwayand#8217;s first season. Drawing on extensive new research, Fenway 1912 is an extraordinary tale of innovation, desperation, and perspirationand#8212;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
andquot;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.andquot;andmdash;Huffington Post
Even people who arenandrsquo;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 Fenwayandrsquo;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 parkandrsquo;s notorious quirks like the Green Monster, and of the designers, builders, managers, and players who made Fenwayandrsquo;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 perspirationandmdash;capturing Fenway as never before.
andquot;Fenway 1912 reads like a novel, detailing the trials and tribulations of the quaint ballpark and the team itself andhellip; Stout has made a great story out of history.andrdquo;andmdash;Baseball America
andquot;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.andquot;andmdash;Boston Globe
About the Author
Harvey Frommer is the author of Remembering Yankee Stadium and more than 40 sports books. The oral historian and sports journalist is a professor in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program at Dartmouth College and professor emeritus at City University of New York. He lives in Lyme, New Hampshire.
Johnny Pesky was known as “Mr. Red Sox” for his seven and a half seasons playing and many years as a coach and commentator for the team. The Red Sox honored Pesky by officially naming the right-field foul pole “Pesky's Pole” and retiring his No. 6 in 2008.
Table of Contents
THE WALL AND THE CLIFFand#8195;and#8226;and#8195;100
THE BIG TRIPand#8195;and#8226;and#8195;139
GIANTS ON THE HORIZONand#8195;and#8226;and#8195;213
THE GATHERING OF THE CLANSand#8195;and#8226;and#8195;237
HOME SWEET HOMEand#8195;and#8226;and#8195;259
LAST STAND AT FENWAY PARKand#8195;and#8226;and#8195;301
Bibliographic Notes and Sourcesand#8195;and#8226;and#8195;349
Boston Red Sox 1912 Statisticsand#8195;and#8226;and#8195;370