Saturday, September 24, 2011
Fenway Park Ground Breaking 100 Years Ago
One hundred years ago today, September 25, with little ceremony or fanfare, construction on Fenway Park began. It had been common knowledge in Boston for quite some time that a new park would be built, and that it would be built in the Fens, on a parcel of property once known as part of the "Dana Lands," the ancestral holding s of one of New England's most prominent families, but construction was held up until the sale of the club from the Taylor family to a consortium headed by James McAleer was made official. When the papers were signed, the work began.
Six months later, Fenway Park opened for business.
I tell the entire story, and much much more, including a complete construction and architectural history of the park and, as one reviewer wrote:
"So many cool facts were included in this book that I've forgotten more than I've remembered and I'm probably going to have to re-read at least some of it again. Since I've no knowledge of baseball prior to the eighties it was fun to read about the 1912 season during which the Red Sox and the Giants fought for baseball dominance. This is a great book with more Red Sox/Fenway facts than you'll know what to do with."
For more, including a selection from the Prologue, see the Amazon listing (click"editorial reviews" for the Prologue)
or my website, www.glennstout.net.