Photographer's Note

Since the Red Sox are in the World Series, I thought I'd post a shot of Fenway that I took this fall when I was there getting my postseason tickets.

Fenway Park is the oldest ballpark in the majors; it opened April 20, 1912 (five days after the Titanic sank). The next oldest park is Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, which opened in 1916. After that you go almost 40 years to find the next oldest park, Chavez Ravine in Los Angeles, home of the Dodgers since they moved from Brooklyn. It opened in 1957. (Until about ten years ago, Detroit also had an old ballpark, Tiger Stadium, which opened the same day as Fenway).

Fenway is an odd shape dictated by the shape of the parcel it was built on. It's most distinctive feature is a very short left field, which if left alone would result in home runs every day. To make it more "interesting", a 37 foot wall was erected at the left field boundary; balls off the wall are in play, and in order to get a home run to left, you must hit the ball over the wall. You can certainly find both interior and aerial shots of Fenway on the web if you're interested.

This particular photo is the right field/center field gate; the green structure to the left is the far right field seats, and the bleachers are to the right. The statue right center is a statue of four famous ballplayers for the Red Sox: Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, Johnny Pesky, and Dom DiMaggio. They were good friends as well as being teammates for years; David Halberstam wrote a book about them, The Teammates: A Portrait of a Friendship.

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