Fenway 1912: The Birth of a Ballpark, a Championship Season, and Fenway's Remarkable First Year

Fenway 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 thereFor all that has been

  • Title: Fenway 1912: The Birth of a Ballpark, a Championship Season, and Fenway's Remarkable First Year
  • Author: Glenn Stout
  • ISBN: 9780547195629
  • Page: 407
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 thereFor 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 leaIn 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 thereFor 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 leap year, the year the Titanic sank, but also the year baseball s original shrine was born And while the paint was still drying, the infield grass still coming in, the Red Sox embarked on an unlikely season that would culminate in a World Series battle against the Giants that stands as one of the greatest ever played Fenway 1912 tells the incredible story and stories of Fenway, from the unorthodox blueprint that belies the park s notorious quirks, to the long winter when locals poured concrete and erected history, to the notorious fixers who then ruled the game, to the ragtag team who delivered a world championship, Fenway s first.Drawing on extensive new research, the esteemed baseball historian Glenn Stout delivers a rollicking tale of innovation, desperation, and perspiration, capturing Fenway as never before.A Boston Glebe bestseller and the only book to win both the Seymour Medal as best best of biography or history and the Larry Ritter Awad as best book of the Deadball era by the Society for American Baseball Research

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    1. Glenn Stout

      Author of The Selling of the Babe 2016 , Fenway 1912 2012 and Young Woman the Sea How Trudy Ederle Conquered the English Channel and Inspired the World 2009 currently set up and in development at Paramount Pictures ETA 2019 Since becoming a full time writer in 1993, Glenn Stout has written, ghostwritten or edited than 90 books representing sales in excess of two million copies Stout is also author of The Cubs, The Dodgers, Nine Months at Ground Zero, Yankees Century, Red Sox Century, and has served as Series Editor of The Best American Sports Writing since its inception Glenn also consults on a variety of writing projects books, proposals, Longform narratives and teaches narrative non fiction at the Archer City Story Center He lives in Vermont.His next book will be a comprehensive definitive book on the Boston and New England Patriots.

    153 thoughts on “Fenway 1912: The Birth of a Ballpark, a Championship Season, and Fenway's Remarkable First Year”

    1. Although those old enough to remember the 1986 World Series may feel differently, many deem the September collapse of the 2011 Boston Red Sox as the worst flop in the history of Major League Baseball. As recently as August of 2011, smart money in Las Vegas put the chances of the Red Sox making the post-season at 99.4%. The Red Sox proved Vegas wrong by utterly blowing the nine game lead the team enjoyed in the American League Wild Card race in early September. Tony Francona fell on his sword and [...]


    2. Not just a comprehensive look at Fenway and the Sox, but also how fans behaved as spectators and of how bizarrely early teams (and the Leagues) were managed. Exhaustive in its detail, it's a bit of a slog when describing the actual structure of the park as it was built, but shines in discussions of team relations and dramas. An interesting if often flowery look at the park and its legacy.


    3. The Boston Red Sox did author Glenn Stout a favor this last season by pulling one of the all-time great collapses in baseball history, a nose dive that will live in infamy. It's much easier for those of us who did not grow up on the Red Sox to tune into the unique lore of this fascinating franchise when we are not being confronted by unstoppable, cash-fueled success.Stout's Fenway 1912 offers up a stunningly rich buffet of pleasures for the baseball fan, centered around the construction and open [...]


    4. In 1912, the most celebrated ballpark in the history of Major League Baseball opened in Boston. This book serves as a chronicle to that magical season.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 [...]


    5. As a Detroit Tigers fan, it broke my heart to see Tiger Stadium, which opened the same year as Fenway Park, torn down a few years ago. Make no mistake, Comerica Park, where the Tigers now play, is a beautiful facility. It’s hosted a World Series and an All Star game in its short history; but Tiger Stadium, a.k.a. Briggs Stadium, a.k.a. Navin Field, like Fenway Park, was a throwback to a bygone era.Jim Thome may have hit his 600th career homerun at Comerica Park this summer, but somehow the sig [...]


    6. So, the 2011 Red Sox season landed on a bad note, to put it mildly. I wrote this review way back in May, and I don't want to change the wording. I like it just the way it is.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 had [...]


    7. Anyone who has ever spent time at Fenway must read this book. The author did some amazing research. It is a little heavy on the engineering and at times I felt like I needed to be at Fenway personally to see what he was talking about. He does bust many myths both about Fenway and early baseball although I don't think it was always intentional. The park was not built to be a "gem" and wasn't even considered one until very recently. The "green monster" was not always called as such. Oddly, he only [...]


    8. This is a very intelligent and detailed look at the construction and first year of Fenway Park. The author's fan profile is interesting because he explains his motives for the book and also describes in a journalistic way the pros and cons of the park and the team. 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 [...]


    9. Glenn Stout is a good writer who had a great idea: write an account of the first baseball season at Fenway Park in 1912, which also happened to be a magical year for the Red Sox. The 1912 Red Sox was the winningest in team history and shocked the powerhouse NY Giants in a memorable 8 (yes 8) game World Series. What I loved about this book was that I didn't know what was going to happen. Even knowing that they win the series I did not know how. And the account is so crazy that you swear they are [...]


    10. An exhaustive (to the brink of being exhausting at times) account of the 1912 season and the opening of Fenway Park. I'd recommend this book only to those baseball fans who desire to know the minutiae of events (like me), because vast portions of this book involve in-game accounts and details that I could easily picture a layman fan finding to be incredibly boring.Often, when authors take on historical baseball topics, they wisely choose to include larger news events and analysis of the times as [...]


    11. Stout is an excellent writer, and how much you enjoy the book will depend on your specific interests. As a Massachusetts native and casual Red Sox fan, I thought Stout was at his best when he nested the ins-and-outs of Red Sox baseball within a broader narrative about the game, the politics, and the history of Boston. However, when Stout spent pages narrating the minutiae of which players made which plays in every game, I was bored to tears and started skimming. I would have preferred more of th [...]


    12. Was a little leery about this book. Seems like every book in the baseball section these days is either related to the Yankees or the Red Sox.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 [...]


    13. A comprehensive history of the building of Fenway Park, the 1912 Red Sox, and that year's slugfest -- literally, the players were hitting each other -- of a World Series. It's a good read, especially for Sox fans, though I sometimes wondered if absolutely every detail had to be in there. Then again, Stout apparently has been working on the book for two decades, so you can forgive him for wanting to get it all in.


    14. I'm not a Red Sox fan, but this was an enjoyable and informative read, written an expert, Glenn Stout. Fenway was one several new stadia -- including Shribe Park in Philly, among others -- that used concrete and steel in construction. This was a huge leap forward from the wooden stadiums of the earlier era; these were flimsy and often burned down. The new parks were better suited to what baseball was becoming in the modern age: mass entertainment. Perfect timing: Fenway turns 100 this year!


    15. Nice, but not a lot more than that. Probably should be either 30-40 pages longer, for a real read, or 30 pages shorter, for a real light read. Ideally, 3.5 stars. I learned a bit about Boston at this time, the Red Sox at this time, and baseball at this time, but not a lot. Hence my "longer" comment, or else tighten the focus and go shorter.


    16. This was ok. If you're a Boston fan, you'd probably like it more. The story of the first year in Fenway was interesting, but I think I'd be more into details about the park and less about one season of the team. The epilogue rushed through a lot of cool facts about the park, and I think I'd have enjoyed a more fleshed out version of that than what this is.


    17. I will give it a 3 since it was well-researched. The First Fall Classic was a much better book about the 1912 World Series. It's probably my fault for being a fan/student of the early days of Major League Baseball, but no new ground was covered in this novel.


    18. As an avid Red Sox fan, I found this book very interesting! It gave me a new perspective of Fenway. I learned a lot about the players and World Series of 1912.Anyone who wants to know the early history of Fenway should read this book!


    19. Slow starting but by the time you reach the World Series accountsyou can visualize what it's like going to Fenway or the Polo Grounds for games. End of book has every players stats for season and Seriesry informative.


    20. An ok read. Parts were tedious, especially the description of life on the road. The beginning held my attention, however, and it was worth reading about the construction of a new ball park in early 20th century Boston


    21. For a non sports person I loved the historical aspect of this book with the building of Fenway, how Boston looked and the first year of the park.



    22. Very entertaining book about the opening of Fenway Park, some of the personalities involved, and the 1912 Word Series between the Red Sox and the Giants. Any baseball fan would enjoy this book.





    23. Interesting(very interesting if you are a Red Sox fan)story of Fenway Park's first season. Lots of information about the park itself.



    24. Enjoyed this book. Good reading as the Red Sox get ready to start the 100th season at Fenway. Will share more details later.



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