Fenway Opener

By | Apr 20, 2009

On April 20, 1912 the first pitch was thrown in the new baseball park in Boston. It was the first game played at Fenway Park. Fenway is the oldest of the baseball parks in use by Major League Baseball.

The name Fenway Park comes from its location in the Fenway district of Boston. The fens or marshland was filled in the late 19th century to create the district. The name was given to it by former owner John I. Taylor, who also owned the Fenway Realty Company. the name could have easily been placed there for promotional value.

The team from New York, then called the Highlander but shortly later would take the name Yankees, played the Red Sox on that Saturday afternoon. The traditional first pitch came from Mayor John “Honey Fitz” Fitzgerald, the grandfather of John F. Kennedy.

The game went into extra innings with Boston coming out on top. the final score was 7-6.

1912 was a good year for the Red Sox. They would finish the year winning the American League Pennant with a record of 105-47. They played the New York Giants in a World Series they would win 4 games to 3.

On that same day in Detroit the Tigers played the opening game in Tiger’s Stadium. Wrigley Field in Chicago is the next oldest with its opening day being on April 23, 1914.


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