Honoring the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park, this is a nostalgic and reverent look at America's # 1 baseball shrine--the national treasure that has been home to more than 600 straight sellouts and some of baseball's greatest games and players over the last century
Relive 100 years of memories in Fenway Park with this monumental book-with an original DVD documentary hosted by Carlton Fisk.
With supreme photography, a wealth of memorabilia, and original commentary by three generations of Boston Red Sox players and fans, this book celebrates the stadium in style. It also includes treasures from the Sports Museum of New Englandrarely seen photographs and artifactsthat enhance the nostalgic experience.
FENWAY PARK: THE CENTENNIAL is a visually stunning and thoroughly engaging celebration of this great monument and its 100 year history.
Packed with original essays, commentary and history, this landmark book includes sections on:
• The inception, construction, and early years of Fenway Park
• Detailed looks at Red Sox legends from Babe Ruth and Ted Williams to Pedro Martinez and David Ortiz
• The greatest moments of the Green Monster, Fenway's most famous feature
• A trip inside the Monster's manually operated scoreboard
• Fenway fans and their love affair with the legendary stadium through the years
• Unforgettable seasons, including the Impossible Dream team and the 2004 World Series champs
|Publisher:||St. Martin's Press|
|Product dimensions:||8.80(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
SAUL WISNIA is a former sports and news correspondent for The Washington Post and feature writer for The Boston Herald who is now a senior publications editor at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He has authored, co-authored or otherwise contributed to numerous books on Boston baseball history, and his essays and articles have also appeared in Sports Illustrated, Red Sox Magazine, and The Boston Globe. He lives 6.78 miles from Fenway Park in Newton, MA.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Every Red Sox fan should buy this book. If you love a Red Sox fan, buy this book for them. If you've been to Fenway, it will invoke happy memories. If you haven't, you will finish this book feeling like you have. The writing is so compelling that although the book can be read in snippets, I had a hard time putting it down. Even if you are not a die-hard baseball fan, the tour through Fenway Park and its history are fascinating and the photos are amazing. It also passes the credibility test because it is written by a lifelong Red Sox fan who grew up, and now works, within a stone's throw of the Park. The Sox put us through the wringer last season, and so far it's not much better. This book reminds me why we hang in there. It's written by someone who truly loves the team and it shows!
Of all the books out about Fenway Park, this is in the middle of the pack. I bought it for a grab bag. Handsome, but not as substancial as other illustrated histories I've seen (half the size, really), this book also is much more a thumbnail history of the team than the park itself, and most of it will be very familiar to even casual Red Sox fans. The DVD is just ok - I doubt I'll watch it again. Not bad, just kind of bland.
An ideal size and attractive cover drew me to this book, but the writing kept me IN it. As an off-again on-again baseball fan, but a lover of all things Boston, I had decided I needed to educate myself about the mystique of Fenway Park, the origin of "Yawkey" and other Boston oddities. Saul Wisnia explains all with humor and intelligence, as well as a thorough grasp of Fenway's history and the significance of this grand old stadium to Boston. I started reading it in a cafeteria and finally had to stop... because they were closing! The book is beautifully designed, with call-out quotes and asides, boxed comments, and great historical photos and miscellanea. Its size is perfect for reading or as a gift; not too big or too heavy. All things are Just Right. Thank you Saul! I am a convert. ~ Masi G. B.