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Fenway Park: 100 Years: The Official, Definitive History of America's Most Beloved Ballpark

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Overview

Featuring a foreword by best-selling author and New England native Stephen King, this homage to baseball's oldest ballpark — the first to reach its 100th anniversary — details the life of a place whose history in the sport is unparalleled. Just as Fenway Park's famous elements — from Duffy's Cliff of yesteryear to the Pesky Pole, the Green Monster and Yawkey Way — define its character, so too has a century of Fenway Park tradition left an enduring mark upon Red Sox Nation and America's pastime. Its story is one ...

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Overview

Featuring a foreword by best-selling author and New England native Stephen King, this homage to baseball's oldest ballpark — the first to reach its 100th anniversary — details the life of a place whose history in the sport is unparalleled. Just as Fenway Park's famous elements — from Duffy's Cliff of yesteryear to the Pesky Pole, the Green Monster and Yawkey Way — define its character, so too has a century of Fenway Park tradition left an enduring mark upon Red Sox Nation and America's pastime. Its story is one of incredible baseball highlights, 100 years of other sports, entertainment and civic events, and the 21st-century commitment by a new group of owners to save and improve the ballpark for future generations. With more than 250 lavishly illustrated pages and hundreds of compelling images, Fenway Park: 100 Years is the only official Fenway retrospective produced and published by the Boston Red Sox and Major League Baseball — an all access pass to the ballpark's past, present and future...

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Editorial Reviews

David Oshinsky
As a picture book, Fenway Park: 100 Years is truly special. The photos reveal everything from the maturation of the ballpark (the Green Monster, for example, wasn't green until 1947) to the decline of the national dress code (almost every male fan before the 1960s seems to have worn a suit and tie and a dress hat to the game). There are great spreads on the Ted Williams era; the "Miracle of '67" team, anchored by Carl Yastrzemski; the Carlton Fisk home run that clanged off the left-field foul pole in 1975; and, of course, the World Series victories of 2004 and 2007.
—The New York Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615547879
  • Publisher: Major League Baseball and The Boston Red Sox Baseball Club LP
  • Publication date: 3/6/2012
  • Product dimensions: 11.30 (w) x 14.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2012

    Anonymous 6/1/2012 is unquestionably mistaken. First of all, the

    Anonymous 6/1/2012 is unquestionably mistaken. First of all, the book is
    well-sized but it can most certainly fit on a normal coffee table if
    your coffee table is larger than a TV dinner tray. Second, the book's
    size is one of its most appealing characteristics. The pictures are
    gorgeous and especially vivid BECAUSE the pages are well-sized (although
    they're not susceptible to tearing - perhaps this reviewer just has a
    hyper-aggressive personality that leaves him or her prone to tearing
    pages). Hearing someone complain about the pictures in a coffee table
    book being too big and vivid is laughable. This criticism is akin to
    hearing a pitching coach complain that his starting pitcher throws too
    many 99 mile-per-hour strikes on the edge of the strike zone, or the
    reader of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue complain that his models
    are too beautiful - that's a clown critique, bro. And as for this
    nitpicking reviewer's equally-wayward interpretation of the text, the
    history presented in this book is thorough, honest, and
    meticulously-detailed. Perhaps it was opposite day when this reviewer
    was composing his or her thoughts, because that's the only way he or she
    could have found the text "extremely thin." The text provides
    a more-than-excellent retelling of the ballpark's history. Figures from
    throughout Fenway history have been interviewed and cited to give a
    behind-the-scenes look at the ballpark's first century, and the essays
    are by and large terrific. From reading Carl Yastrzemski describe his
    learning how to play the left-field wall, or getting Babe Parilli's
    first-hand account of playing on the Fenway gridiron, or reading James
    Taylor's recollections of performing the National Anthem before some of
    Fenway's biggest games, I couldn't put it down! If that sort of material
    is considered boring, Mr. or Mrs. Haughty Reviewer, then please sign me
    up for more boring, overly-vivid books like this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    Don't Miss if you are a Red Sox Fan

    No book could possibly cover all the history of a 100-year-old ballpark, but this does a capable job. Nice coffee-table sized book with plenty of photographs. If you are die-hard Sox fan, most of what you see won't come as a surprise, but it's great to get all of this under one cover.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2012

    Pictures are so real!

    Bought this book for my husband. He loved it!! He felt as though he were sitting right in Fenway Park. Pictures seem to "pop" off the page. Coloring, everything is unbelievable!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2012

    Unquestionably handsome, but at $75 and so oversized that you ne

    Unquestionably handsome, but at $75 and so oversized that you need to have to read it on a table four feet wide (note: for this reason tghe book is not for the very young or the very old, neither of whom will be able to handle it without tearing the pages), there are far better choices - I am disappointed. The text is extremely thin and not particul;arly engaging (particularly the "celebrity" essays, which read as filler) and the history presented is often incomplete and in many areas simply wrong. There are a number of illustrated books that have recently been published on Fenway Park that are equally handsome and far easier to handle than this, and Fenway 1912 is unmatched as far as a written history pof the park. Do yourself a favor and instead of dropping all your money on this, by two or three other Fenway titles.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 17, 2012

    Love it!

    I bought this book for my mother and she loves it. My husband and I then borrowed it and we haven't been able to put it down - amazing pictures and great testimonials, starting with Stephen King's foreword. Whether you're a Red Sox fan, a baseball fan, or a reader looking for a book on one of America's great structures, you have to check this out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2012

    Can't recommend it enough - the ultimate Fenway book!

    First off, the pictures are amazing; I've read many Fenway/Red Sox books, and this one is full of shots that I had never seen before. The book's double-truck spreads in particular will blow you away. There are also some great essays in the book from Red Sox greats, entertainers, historians, writers and others who give great perspectives on the park's history. From start to finish, this book covers the complete history of Fenway Park: not just great baseball moments, but non-baseball athletics (including football, hockey, soccer, basketball, lacrosse, boxing and wrestling), political gatherings and other civic events. "Fenway Park: 100 Years" promises to tell the official, definitive history of Fenway, and it delivers - you won't regret buying it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2012

    Outstanding book with amazing photos!!!

    This is one of the best coffee table books I've ever seen - it has incredible photos and really interesting text with the whole history of Fenway Park. There are great baseball photos, along with other materials like concerts, other sports, and even political and civic rallies. If you like baseball and sports stadiums, you should definitely buy this book, even if you're not a Red Sox fan. Wow!

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