Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Fenway Park Celebrates 104th Anniversary Today

(Exclusive FenwayNation Photo)
One hundred and four years ago today (April 20, 1912), Fenway Park hosted its first official game—and 24,000 fans showed up. Boston's Mayor John Francis "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald (grandfather of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy) threw out the first pitch. The Red Sox beat the New York Highlanders (soon to be the called the Yankees the very next season) 7-6 in 11 innings. Tris Speaker knocked in the winning run—in fact, the future Hall of Famer went 3-6 on the day. Over the years, you have heard us gripe about the old ballyard—cramped seats, obstructed views, no parking. All true. But it's still the most amazing baseball shrine in the world and a place that will live in the hearts of Red Sox fans forever. Happy birthday, Fenway!