Field of Our Fathers: An Illustrated History of Fenway Park

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The definitive, illustrated history of Fenway Park, this comprehensive volume captures the momentous occasions of America's most beloved ballpark. Featuring posters, ticket stubs, and fan memorabilia, this history contains firsthand accounts of the many baseball and nonbaseball events that have helped characterize the park since the days of Tris Speaker and Babe Ruth. The book celebrates the teams, the fans, and the quirks of Fenway Park for its centennial in 2012.

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Overview

The definitive, illustrated history of Fenway Park, this comprehensive volume captures the momentous occasions of America's most beloved ballpark. Featuring posters, ticket stubs, and fan memorabilia, this history contains firsthand accounts of the many baseball and nonbaseball events that have helped characterize the park since the days of Tris Speaker and Babe Ruth. The book celebrates the teams, the fans, and the quirks of Fenway Park for its centennial in 2012.

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One of Boston's foremost sports historians, Johnson (A Century of Boston Sports) steps to the plate with this collection of photographs, fan memorabilia, vintage newspaper articles, and original essays by Boston-based writers to present the century-long history of America's oldest still-in-use ballpark. Published to coincide with Fenway's 100thanniversary, it reads like a weighty scrapbook (including removable facsimiles of ticket stubs and program covers) compiled by a loyal fan. Johnson shows how Fenway deserves its designation as the "People's Park" by chronicling its history of playing host to events as diverse as high school football games, boxing matches, Harlem Globetrotters appearances, military masses, rock concerts, and political rallies. In his short introduction, Johnson writes that he "felt compelled, driven actually," to share as many stories as he could, which is why he even leaves room for criticism: in a brief essay, series editor of The Best American Sports Writing Glenn Stout decries the cost of a bleacher ticket at Fenway in 2010. The book does not distinguish between newspaper clippings (which often are not sourced) and original essays penned specifically for this title, making navigation more difficult than it should be. On the other hand, photographs of Babe Ruth in a Red Sox uniform in the early 1900s, player altercations on the field, and renovation efforts at Fenway add to the stadium's rich history and help celebrate a sports landmark's centennial in grand style. Photos.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600784231
  • Publisher: Triumph Books
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 441,620
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 12.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard A. Johnson serves as the curator of the Sports Museum at the Fleet Center. He has authored and edited numerous books on a variety of sports topics, including Boston Braves and Boston Garden.
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  • Posted December 27, 2011

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    The perfect gift for Sox fans

    Who doesn¿t love Fenway Park? That¿s the question Richard Johnson asks in the introduction to his new book Field of Our Fathers and with the exception of perhaps the Yankees, I¿d have to agree. Who doesn¿t love Fenway? And who hasn¿t seen numerous books that feature the Boston Red Sox and their beloved park? So the author had his work cut out for him on this project ¿ to write/research a unique book that showcases not just the park, but the unique history of America¿s favorite (yes, I¿m biased) park. I¿d have to say, after reading this book, the author has achieved his goal ¿ in spades! Using a combination of newspaper clippings, essays, quotes, and several reproduced inserts that can be removed and enjoyed (ticket stubs from years past, a newspaper cover, postcards), the author captures the magic that is, and was, Fenway Park. We¿re taken on a ride that starts in 1911 when a location for the park was chosen, "eight acres of this centrally located but soggy land" (pg. 1) through 100 years of history, culminating in 2010. Looking through this book, it quickly becomes apparent that Fenway Park have been so much more than just a major league ball park. The full gamut of sports has been played at Fenway, from football to lacrosse, boxing and soccer, with both high school and college level teams participating. Hockey, anyone? BC vs. BU (that¿s Boston College and Boston University for those not versed in Boston lingo), THE college rivals of Massachusetts, brought their rivalry to the park in 2010 and college hockey games continue to be played at Fenway every year. Mick Jagger in concert? Absolutely! The Rolling Stones are just one of numerous groups who have played to sold out crowds in Fenway. The photos the author has collected for this book are wonderful and kept me browsing on and off for several days. John Philip Sousa leading his Navy Band, the pictures of Yastrzemski (any pictures of Yaz are appreciated!), and the old, 1920s photos of various games and events held at the park stood out. Of course, no book about Fenway would be complete without lots and lots of facts and little known tidbits about the park and this one has them in abundance. You¿ll be reading and re-reading this book throughout 2012. If you don¿t have a nice place to display this book, then go out and buy a coffee table because Field of Our Fathers deserves it¿s very own spot in your living room! Quill say: Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park in 2012 in grand style with this book! Go Sox!

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