March 19th, 2012
Book Review: Fenway Park: A Salute to the Coolest, Cruelest, Longest-Running Major
League Baseball Stadium in America.
By John Powers and Ron Driscoll
“Now for the opening of Boston’s magnificent new ballpark and a chance to see the Red Sox in action while leading the American League, a position gained while on the road”
~The Boston Globe, April 20, 1912.
Some of the first words written by The Boston Globe about Fenway Park, so beginning a century of ups and downs, good times and bad, heartbreaking losses, and, miraculous wins.
As Fenway celebrates its 100 Year birthday next month, a lot of attention is being paid to our little baseball field in the Fens. Books, news stories and the like are all out there, vying for our attention, which, as fans of the Boston Red Sox, and Fenway Park, or Mecca, as I like to call it, is a very good thing…
Speaking of good things, Fenway Park is certainly one of them. Compiled from the extensive archives of The Boston Globe, and written by Globe sportswriters John Powers and Ron Driscoll, who, in addition to writing about the Sox and our beloved ballpark, are lifelong fans as well…
Beginning with a Forward by “Gentlemen Jim” Lonborg, and a special introduction by former Globe publisher Benjamin Taylor, Fenway Park chronicles the crazy history of the ballpark, beginning with Red Sox owner John I. Taylor, who wanted his baseball team to have a park he owned, to the epic collapse last September, and current owner John Henry’s promise to the Fenway Faithful: “We’re going to have a top-class manager, and general manager, and we’re going to have a great team next year”
Not only are there 250 stunning archival photographs that have never been published anywhere, what also sets this book apart is the poster of the very rare and extraordinary blueprints from the 1934 renovations of Fenway Park, AND the blueprint of renovations of the unique and legendary scoreboard from a year earlier, one of the few of its kind still operational today… Also included is an in-depth timeline that concludes each decade, from the 1910’s, to the 2000’s
And the information contained in this book is way cool: Did you know that the color used to paint the Green Monster is called “Fence Green”, and is a proprietary color for the Red Sox, and not sold publically? And that it’s the same color they have used since 1947, when they painted the wall for the 1st time?
Or that Joe Mooney, long-time Groundskeeper (1971-2000) of Fenway Park, was born in Dunmore, PA? Actually, I did know this, as he grew up across the street from my mom. Really!
Available where all good books are sold: Fenway Park: A Salute to the Coolest, Cruelest, Longest-Running Major League Baseball Stadium in America, is a must read, and a must have on every Red Sox fans coffee table. Check it out!