Following an April 9 exhibition victory over Harvard and a pair of rainouts, the Red Sox win the first official game at Fenway, beating the New York Highlanders (who’d later become the Yankees) 7-6 in 11 innings. Tris Speaker drove home the game winner in front of 27,000 fans.
APRIL 26, 1912
First baseman Hugh Bradley hit the first home run at Fenway and the first over the left field wall vs. Philadelphia. It was the second and last home run of his Major League career.
JUNE 21, 1916
Right-handed pitcher George Foster threw the first no-hitter by a Red Sox pitcher at Fenway Park, leading the Red Sox to a 2-0 win over the New York Yankees. Fenway Park’s first no-hitter was thrown by the Boston Braves’ George Davis in a 7-0 victory over Philadelphia on September 9, 1914.
SEPTEMBER 11, 1918
The Red Sox clinched the 1918 World Series with a 2-1, Game Six victory over the Chicago Cubs. This remains the last championship-clinching victory won by the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
JULY 3, 1932
The Sox are hammered by the Yankees 13-2 in the first Sunday game at Fenway Park. Sunday baseball was approved in Boston three years earlier, but not at Fenway due to its proximity to a church. The Sox played their Sunday games at Braves Field on Commonwealth Avenue until the law was changed. They actually played the first Boston Sunday game, a 7-3 loss to Philadelphia, at Braves Field, April 28, 1929 in front of 22,000 fans (the Braves April 21 game was rained out).
APRIL 21, 1934
Yankees left fielder Babe Ruth became the first opposing player to homer over the new left field wall, going deep in the first inning.
AUGUST 12, 1934
46,766 fans said goodbye to Babe Ruth at a Yankees doubleheader.
JUNE 9, 1946
Ted Williams hit a monumental 502-foot home run to right field off Detroit right-hander Fred Hutchinson. The ball landed on top of the straw hat of Joseph A. Boucher, a 56-year-old construction engineer from Albany, NY who was sitting in Section 42, Row 37, Seat 21. “The sun was right in our eyes,” he said. “All we could do was duck. I’m glad I didn’t stand up. They say it bounced a dozen rows higher, but after it hit my head, I was no longer interested.” At that time the bleachers were actual bleachers and not individual seats.
JULY 9, 1946
The Red Sox hosted their first All-Star Game at Fenway Park, a 12-0 American League win. Eight Red Sox were on the All-Star team, but Ted Williams stole the show, going 4-for-4 with two homers, a walk, five RBI and four runs scored.
MAY 12, 1948
The first Red Sox game was televised from Fenway on WBZ-TV.
OCTOBER 4, 1948
The first playoff game in AL history took place at Fenway, and Cleveland rookie left-hander Gene Bearden beat the Red Sox 8-3. Shortstop-Manager Lou Boudreau led the Indians with two homers and two singles. The defeat prevented the only cross-town World Series in Boston history. Cleveland went on to beat the Boston Braves 4-2 in the World Series.
SEPTEMBER 21, 1956
Batting lefthanded, the Yankees Mickey Mantle hit the longest known home run to straight-away center field at Fenway off right-hander Frank Sullivan. The ball failed to clear the old brick wall by a foot. It carried approximately 480 feet before striking the brick barrier located behind Section 36.
JULY 31, 1961
Fenway Park was the site of the second All-Star Game played in 1961. The game ended in a 1-1 tie, called after nine innings and a 30-minute rain delay.
JUNE 26, 1962
Red Sox right-hander Earl Wilson no-hit the Los Angeles Angels in a 2-0 Boston win, becoming the first African-American to throw a no-hitter in the American League.
OCTOBER 1, 1967
On the final day of the regular season, the “Impossible Dream” Red Sox clinched the American League pennant with a 5-3 victory over Minnesota. The Red Sox would fall in seven games to the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series.
OCTOBER 21, 1975
The first World Series night game was played at Fenway Park, and it was a classic. The memorable Game 6, delayed three days by rain, lasted 4:01. The Red Sox tied the game at 6-6 in the last of the eighth on Bernie Carbo’s three-run, pinch-hit homer with two outs taking the win with Carlton Fisk’s oft-replayed home run off Pat Darcy leading off the last of the 12th.
JUNE 19, 1977
Carl Yastrzemski hit the longest known home run to the right of the bleachers, an eighth-inning blast off Yankees right-hander Dick Tidrow. The blast traveled approximately 460 feet before striking the facing of the right-field roof. It is the only ball to reach the right-field roof facade.
OCTOBER 2, 1978
After finishing the season with identical records, the Red Sox and New York Yankees play the second playoff game of its kind in American League history at Fenway Park. On the strength of Bucky Dent’s three-run, 7th inning homer, the Yankees defeat the Red Sox, 5-4 to capture the AL East Division crown.
APRIL 29, 1986
Right-hander Roger Clemens struck out a major-league, single-game record 20 batters in a 3-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners. Clemens earned AL MVP and Cy Young honors, leading the Red Sox to the 1986 World Series where they lost to the New York Mets in seven games.
JULY 13, 1999
The Red Sox hosted their third All-Star Game, a 4-1 AL win. For the first time in history, the All-Star Game was a three-day event featuring a celebrity hitting contest, a Futures game and a home run derby.
OCTOBER 17, 2004
With the Red Sox down to their last three outs in the 2004 ALCS, pinch-runner Dave Roberts stole second base off Yankees’ closer Mariano Rivera and set up a game-tying RBI by third baseman Bill Mueller. The game would enter extra innings, before David Ortiz ended the contest on a walk-off home run.
OCTOBER 27, 2004
86 years of heartache were erased with a 3-0 win in St. Louis, as the Red Sox completed a sweep of the 100th World Series for their first World Championship since 1918. Begining at Fenway Park, a “rolling rally” parade was held three days later when the team returned to Boston.
APRIL 11, 2005
The defending champions received their World Series rings, one by one, on the field, prior to the home opener against the Yankees. Led by Johnny Pesky and Carl Yastrzemski, former players who had longed for such a day helped the active players raise the World Championship flag. James Taylor sang “America the Beautiful,” the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops played “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Wounded soldiers back from war presented the rings. Boston icons Bobby Orr, Bill Russell, Tedy Bruschi and Richard Seymour threw the Ceremonial First Pitches. And, in fitting style, the Red Sox beat the Yankees.
SEPTEMBER 21, 2006
David Ortiz hit his 51st home run off Minnesota Twins pitcher Johan Santana to eclipse Jimmie Foxx’s 67-year-old club record for homers in a season. He finished the season with 54 home runs.
SEPTEMBER 1, 2007
Clay Buchholz became the first Red Sox rookie to ever pitch a no-hitter, blanking the Baltimore Orioles, 10-0.
OCTOBER 21, 2007
The Red Sox defeat the Cleveland Indians, 11-2, to capture their 12th American League pennant. It marks the first time that Boston has clinched a playoff series at Fenway Park since the 2004 Division Series versus Anaheim. The Red Sox went on to sweep the Colorado Rockies in the World Series, clinching their second championship in four years.
MAY 19, 2008
Jon Lester threw the first no-hitter of 2008 in a 7-0 win vs. Kansas City. He became the fourth lefty ever to throw a no-hitter at Fenway Park.
Fenway Park Historic Events
NOVEMBER 28, 1912
Boston Latin defeated Boston English 7-6 in Fenway Park’s first high school game. Two days later, Oak Park (IL) High School beat Everett (MA) High School 32-12 in the National High School Championship Game. Over the next few decades, several high school football games were played at the park.
OCTOBER 31, 1914
Boston College and Norwich University competed in Fenway Park’s first college football game with BC winning 28-6. The Eagles used the park as a frequent home venue through the 1950s.
MAY 23, 1915
In memory of American military members killed in the Spanish-American War, a memorial service was held at Fenway Park with 15,000 in attendance. A memorial service was regularly held at the park over the next few decades.
OCTOBER 9, 1920
The ballpark’s first boxing show was headlined by a heavyweight bout between Battling McCreary and John Lester Johnson.
NOVEMBER 14, 1925
Boston University played its first football game at Fenway Park, a 14-6 victory over Providence College. BU played occasional home games at Fenway Park through the mid-20th century.
OCTOBER 8, 1933
The NFL’s Boston Redskins began a four-year stint playing their home games at Fenway Park by beating the New York Giants, 21-10.
JULY 12, 1943
The City of Boston held a summertime Mayor’s Charity Field Day at Fenway Park for many years that included different games and activities, including occasional amateur baseball games. 1943 marked the first field day at the ballpark.
NOVEMBER 4, 1944
Just three days before being elected to an unprecedented fourth term in the Oval Office, President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered the final speech of his political career at Fenway Park before more than 40,000 supporters. Republican presidential nominee Barry Goldwater and Democratic presidential candidate Eugene McCarthy also gave speeches at Fenway Park in 1964 and 1968, respectively.
JULY 29, 1954
Fenway Park’s first basketball game took place as the Harlem Globetrotters defeated the George Mikan United States All-Stars, 61-41.
SEPTEMBER 8, 1963
The AFL’s Boston Patriots downed the New York Jets 38-18, kicking off a six-year stay at Fenway Park. The Boston Shamrocks and Boston Yanks also played professional football games at the park.
JULY 8, 1968
Legendary soccer player Pelé led his Santos FC team to a 7-1 victory over the Boston Beacons. Occasional soccer matches also took place at the park in the 1920s and 1930s.
JULY 27-28, 1973
The Newport-New England Jazz Festival brought Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, B.B. King and many other famous musicians to play at Fenway Park.
SEPTEMBER 6-7, 2003
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed the first concerts at Fenway Park in three decades, beginning a series of concerts the park has held in recent years. Among those who have performed
Jimmy Buffett (2004); the Rolling Stones (2005); Dave Matthews Band and Sheryl Crow (2006); the Police (2007); Neil Diamond (2008); Dave Matthews Band and Phish, and Paul McCartney (2009); Aerosmith and J Geils Band (2010).
SEPTEMBER 17, 2008
More than 3,000 new citizens were sworn in as Fenway Park hosted its first naturalization ceremony. The park also hosted a naturalization ceremony in 2010, the largest such ceremony ever held.
JANUARY 1, 2010
On New Year’s Day, the NHL’s Boston Bruins won the 2010 Winter Classic beating the Philadelphia Flyers in a 2-1 overtime victory.
JANUARY 8, 2010
Fenway Park staged a college hockey doubleheader (University of New Hampshire Women’s Team 5, Northeastern University Women’s Team 3; Boston University Men’s Team 3, Boston College Men’s Team 2). In December 2009 and January 2010, the ballpark also offered public and private skating opportunities on the Fenway Park ice.
JULY 21, 2010
42 years after Fenway Park’s last soccer match, Celtic F.C. beat Sporting Lisbon, 2-1.
Fenway Park Construction & Improvements
FFEBRUARY 26, 1911
Land for Fenway Park, 365,000 square feet between Ipswich Street and Lansdowne Street, is purchased at auction by General Charles H. Taylor.
JUNE 24, 1911
Representing his family, John Taylor announces their intention to build Fenway Park. Prior to the 1912 season, the Red Sox played their home games at the Huntington Avenue Grounds, now part of the campus of Northeastern University.
SEPTEMBER 24, 1911
The groundbreaking occurs for the new ballpark.
APRIL 9, 1912
In the first game at Fenway Park, the Red Sox beat Harvard 2-0 in an exhibition game played in snow flurries in front of 3,000 fans.
MAY 8, 1926
In the first Fenway Park fire, the bleachers along the left-field foul line burned down and were not replaced, giving fielders the chance to snare foul flies behind the third base grandstand.
Temporary bleachers for football first installed in left field.
JANUARY 5, 1934
A five-alarm, four-hour blaze, the second Fenway Park fire, virtually destroyed the construction underway by new owner Thomas A. Yawkey to refurbish the park. Following the fire, construction began on a new left-field grandstand, the bleachers, and the new left field wall.
APRIL 17, 1934
The Washington Senators, led by player-manager Joe Cronin beat the Red Sox 6-5 in 11 innings in the first game at the New Fenway Park. Duffy’s Cliff in left field and the original wooden left field wall were both removed and replaced by a 37 foot high wall made of concrete and tin.
SEPTEMBER 22, 1935
The largest crowd to ever see a game at Fenway Park – 47,627 – turned out for a doubleheader with the Yankees. Crowds of this size will never be equaled under Fenway Park’s current dimensions. More stringent fire laws and league rules after World War II prohibited overcrowding that was permitted in the 1930’s.
A 23-foot tall screen was installed above the left field wall. The screen would remain until the Green Monster Seats were constructed in 2003.
Bullpens were constructed in front of the bleachers replacing the old bullpen areas in the outfield foul territory beyond the dugouts. Tom Yawkey replaced the right field pavilion section he built in 1934 with an extension of the grandstand, reducing the distance to the right field foul pole to 302 feet.
Green paint replaced advertisements covering the left field wall. No more Calvert Owl (“Be wise”), Gem Blades (“Avoid 5 o’clock shadow”), Lifebuoy (“The Red Sox use it”) and Vimms (“Get that Vimms feeling”).
JUNE 13, 1947
The Red Sox defeated the White Sox 5-3 in Fenway Park’s first night game. The Red Sox were the third-to-last of the 16 Major League clubs to do add lights to the playing field.
The visitors’ clubhouse was relocated to the third base side and connected to dugout.
Fenway Park’s’s first message board in center field was part of a construction project that included a rebuilding of the left field wall as well as a new enclosed press box. Starting in 1976, National League scores were shown only on the new message board. They returned to the left field scoreboard in 2003.
Private suites were built atop the left and right field stands.
A color video board and black and white message board were installed in center field. There was also a complete resodding of the playing field.
“The 600 Club”, a glass-enclosed section of 606 stadium club seats, was added on the roof behind home plate. New broadcast booths and the press box were relocated on top of the 600 Club. In 2002, the club was renamed the .406 club in honor of the late Ted Williams, who passed away earlier that year.
MARCH 19, 1997
A 25-foot Coca-Cola contour bottle design atop the light tower above the left field wall was unveiled.
Two rows of “dugout” seats (on the infield side of both dugouts and up to the backstop) were added. A media interview room was constructed adjacent to Red Sox clubhouse. The family room was converted to a players lounge, and a new, expanded family lounge was built.
Green Monster signage was added atop the left-field wall.
Yawkey Way and the Gate A concourse expansion opened with more concessions and more space.
Green Monster seats debuted above the left-field wall. Two rows of additional seats and new camera pits were constructed on the outfield end of the Red Sox and visitors dugouts. Two new rows of seats behind the plate and a new backstop were added. A new manual out-of-town scoreboard and advertising panels were installed on the left field wall. Yawkey Way officially opened after a one-month trial in September of 2002.
The Big Concourse with restrooms (including a family restroom), concessions, fan service booth, and picnic areas opened in right field. New ticket booths opened at Gates B and C, as well as a reactivation of the gate entries. Gate D food court/expanded concessions on the lower concourse opened.
APRIL 16, 2004
Red Sox legends Johnny Pesky and Bobby Doerr joined Mayor Thomas M. Menino in unveiling a new statue of Ted Williams outside of Gate B.
A new playing field was installed, Red Sox clubhouse improvements were made, and Game On!, a two-floor sports cafe, opened at the corner of Brookline Avenue and Lansdowne Street.
March 23, 2005
The Boston Red Sox announced a long-term commitment to remain at Fenway Park, “America’s Most Beloved Ballpark” and the oldest park in the Major Leagues. A comprehensive plan for a complete renovation was submitted to the City of Boston Landmarks Commission, the Massachusetts Historic Commission and the National Park Service. The plan included the annual improvements that the Red Sox have constructed since 2002, when John Henry, Tom Werner, Larry Lucchino and their partners committed the franchise to the preservation, protection and improvement of Fenway Park.
The Red Sox removed the glass that had separated the .406 club from the ambiance and atmosphere of Fenway Park, creating the new EMC Club and the State Street Pavilion in time for Opening Day. In the process, the club added 1,300 seats, standing room positions, additional concession stands and restrooms, while widening concourses and creating more room for fans.
Improvements include a new Third Base Deck, located behind the Grandstand seats in left field, renovations to over half of the Private Suites, and renovations to the press level.
The addition of more than 800 new State Street Pavilion seats, plus standing room tickets down the first and third base lines, as well as the “Coca-Cola Corner” in left field highlighted the off-season work at the park. A new Coca-Cola sign was added and the Coca-Cola bottles were removed from the left field light towers. The Bleacher Bar, a year-round restaurant, opened under the center field bleachers on Lansdowne Street.
The 1912 seating bowl was waterproofed and repaired, all box xeats in that area were replaced, and the original grandstand seats were refurbished. Improved seating, additional standing room locations, a new standing room deck, new concessions and restrooms in the Right Field Roof Box area debut. The lower seating bowl and a new roof was installed on the Jeano Building (home to the Red Sox offices, The Third Base Concourse, Third Base Deck and Game On!).
Concrete in the lower left-field seating bowl was repaired and waterproofed. Dugout, field box and loge box seats were replaced and original seats in the left-field grandstand area were refurbished with self-rising mechanisms. Concession stands and restrooms behind home plate at the top of the grandstands were replaced and expanded. New stairs improved access to/from the Gate A concourse and the lower third-base concourse, utilities and other infrastructure-related items were upgraded, and enhancements to the interiors of both the visitor’s clubhouse and grounds crew areas were also completed.
JUNE 9, 2010
A new statue honoring “Teammates” was unveiled outside Gate B honoring Red Sox greats Dom Dimaggio, Bobby Doerr, Johnny Pesky and Ted Williams. The existing Ted Williams Statue was moved over several bays and the new statue took its place.
The off-season marked the final year of major annual improvements to the ballpark, preserving and protecting the ballpark for future generations. Three new High Definition video display and scoring systems were installed at the ballpark. The largest of the three screens, acts as the main video board in centerfield and replaced the original board structure installed prior to the 1976 season and upgraded after the 1999 season. Two additional Diamond Vision displays were also installed on either side of the main screen, prominently featuring real-time information such as batter and pitcher stats, pitch speed and type, box scores, promotions, announcements, upcoming schedules and other messaging. Other off-season renovations included the concrete repair, waterproofing, and seat replacements of the Right Field lower seating bowl originally constructed in 1933-34. Dugout, Field Box and Loge Box seats were replaced with new seats, while the grandstand seats were refurbished and fitted with self-rising mechanisms. Other off-season projects also included new and expanded concession and merchandise stands in the Gate D area and a repaired and upgraded ground level concourse stretching from Gate D to Gate C that includes utility upgrades, new concrete concourse flooring and life safety improvements. Also, a new Ticket Booth was added at the Gate D side of Yawkey Way.