Fenway 1912: The Birth of a Ballpark, a Championship Season, and Fenway's Remarkable First Year
In anticipation of the one hundredth anniversary of America’s most beloved ballpark, the untold story of how Fenway Park was born and the remarkable first season ever played there
For all that has been written in tribute to the great Fenway Park, no one has ever really told the behind-the-scenes true story of its tumultuous yet glorious first year. Nineteen twelve was a lea...more
The beginning of the book starts with the journey of sod from Boston's prior park, Huntington Grounds. The groundskeeper removed it after the last game of the 1911 season and transplanted it. The Sox were not expected to do much in the 1912 season, based on how the previous season went, so Fenway was to be the big attracti0n of the season.
Then a funny thing ha ...more
Stout's Fenway 1912 offers up a stunningly rich buffet of pleasures for the baseball fan, centered around the construction and open ...more
Simply put, there are two primary "plots" within "Fenway 1912":
1. The construction of Fenway Park (and requisite maintenance during that inaugural season). If you are fascinated by such things as building schematics, concrete, cement, and general building engineering, these pages will fascinate you. If not, they can easily be skipped over in favor ...more
Jim Thome may have hit his 600th career homerun at Comerica Park this summer, but somehow the sign ...more
Fenway 1912 was a really great, concise history of Fenway Park's first year – both the park and the players who called it home.
It's no secret that I'm a huge Red Sox fan. So, when this book came up for review, I couldn't snatch it up fast enough. Learning about the history of a ball park I love so much was something I hadn' ...more
For the most part the book follows the established lead of Devil in the White City, where it is non-fiction written as fiction, although the plot is the baseball season and the World Series that follows. The writing is dense and the s ...more
Often, when authors take on historical baseball topics, they wisely choose to include larger news events and analysis of the times as ...more
So I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this book. The details of construction were very interesting and the author does a good job of recreating the flavor of baseball in the early 1900s.
The 1912 World Series is among the most famous, but even so, the accounts of the games still leave the reader in anticipation of the next pitch.
Very highly recomm ...more