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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Fenway 1912: The Birth of a Ballpark - Glenn Stout

Fenway 1912: The Birth of a Ballpark, a Championship Season, and Fenway's Remarkable First Year

Released October 2011

Houghton Mifflin
Glenn Stout
Red Sox

Reviewed by Dave Farnsworth

It's no secret that the Red Sox have been my favorite sports team. My enthusiasm for this team dates back to the 1960s with Yaz, right into the 1970s with Jim Rice, Carlton Fisk, and Luis Tiant to name a few. I groaned along with many fans when Bucky Dent scored his three-run homer and groaned when Bill Buckner missed a ground ball. The Red Sox have been my team for many decades so I was excited when my wife announced there was a history of Fenway coming out in the fall.

I'm not much of a reader. I don't mind reading, but few books really capture my attention. Fenway 1912 was different. The writing is gripping and really captures the historical aspects that went into the construction of the park right up to the Red Sox winning the World Series in 2004 and again in 2007. It's packed with information that even diehard fans may not know. I know I learned quite a bit in the process.

Red Sox fans need to read this book. It's great to read up on some of the older players and learn more about where they went after their baseball careers. That's another aspect that surprised me because one player, Ray Collins, came from and spent much of his post-MLB life in the same town where I work and I'm shocked the town doesn't honor him in some way.

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