September 13th, 2011
Read on to see how you can win a copy!
We all know that Fenway Park will celebrate her 100th anniversary in April 2012, and that, at 100 years, she is the oldest Major League Baseball Park in existence.
Only Fenway and Wrigley Field in Chicago have the manual scoreboards still in operation today, and Fenway Park is still one of the decreasing number of parks that haven’t been co-opted by some big corporation (Minute Maid Park, US Cellular Field, Safeco Field, etc)
And Fenway Park, for me, is the Holy Land…
And what more perfect way to celebrate the Birthday of Fenway, “America’s Most Beloved Ballpark” than with a book of its rich and beautiful history, filled with wonderful pictures of the last 100 years of this magnificent and special place.
Add to that, an in-depth documentary of Fenway Park, narrated by Red Sox catching icon, Hall of Famer, and the only “Pudge” as far as I am concerned, Carlton Fisk and you have Fenway Park: The Centennial
And this is truly a match made in heaven–Both the book and the accompanying DVD are full of stunning photography, a well-researched historical timeline, as well as quotes from folks who have been touched by Fenway Park, like this gem from Duffy Lewis, who played left field before there was a Green Monster, and when it was just “Duffy’s Cliff”:
“I’d go out to the ballpark (during the) mornings and have somebody hit the ball again and again out to the wall. I experimented with every angle of approach up the cliff until I learned to play the slope correctly. Sometimes it would be tougher coming back down the slope than coming up. With runners on base, you had to come off the cliff throwing.”
Or this one from Kevin Youkilis:
“It’s pretty impressive how much energy and adrenaline flows through this stadium. It’s always been that way and always will be for me. Sitting in the same dugout as Ted Williams really makes you reflect and have an appreciation for the game.”
Written by former sports and news correspondent for the New York Post, Feature writer for the Boston Herald, and now a senior publications edition for Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Saul Wisnia is a lifelong fan of the Boston Red Sox and of Fenway, and lives exactly 6.78 miles from the Park, today.
Fenway Park: The Centennial – 100 Years of Red Sox Baseball, released today, and can be purchased here, or wherever fine books or sold, and it’s well worth your time and money to pick this book up.
But, before you do that, Boston Red Thoughts is giving away THREE of these books and DVD collections. What do you need to do? Share your favorite memory of Fenway Park in the comments section of this post, and the 3 best will win. Deadline is this Thursday, September 15th at 12 noon, EST. Start writing, and Good Luck!