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Remembering Fenway Park: An Oral and Narrative History of the Home of the Boston Red Sox Hardcover – March 1, 2011

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About the Author

Harvey Frommer is the author of Remembering Yankee Stadium and more than 40 sports books. The oral historian and sports journalist is a professor in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program at Dartmouth College and professor emeritus at City University of New York. He lives in Lyme, New Hampshire. 

Johnny Pesky was known as “Mr. Red Sox” for his seven and a half seasons playing and many years as a coach and commentator for the team. The Red Sox honored Pesky by officially naming the right-field foul pole “Pesky's Pole” and retiring his No. 6 in 2008.

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang; 1 edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584798521
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584798521
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,142,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ernest Paicopolos on February 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is not just another 'coffee table' book. Harvey Frommer's "Remembering Fenway Park" does have the stunning photography that every good coffee table book needs--but this book has so much more. All of us in the Nation know that the edifice that is Fenway Park is a lot more than the bricks and mortar that keep it planted on Yawkey Way. It is the cherished moments that we've all experienced inside it's near-century old walls that truly give it meaning. It's an understanding of this totality that makes "Remembering Fenway" so good.

To start, it carries first-hand accounts of key moments in Red Sox history by people like Johnny Pesky--a man who has witnessed many of the team's storied eras. Frommer also interviewed 135 other players and employees. And, perhaps most importantly, it gives you remembrances from ordinary fans, who filled the old ballpark even when horrific teams gave us no reason to do so.

You can also watch Fenway Park grow from its modest beginnings, through several renovations, to the shrine it is today. But this book does not ignore the blemishes. From obstructed views, to fires, to cramped seating, you get the full picture of the Grande Dame of baseball. You will relive great games, pivotal franchise moments and voluminous trivia in this extremely entertaining work. We recommend it highly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Barry Sparks VINE VOICE on February 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
"Remembering Fenway Park" is a delightful collection of history, player interviews, fan reminiscences and photographs. Author Harvey Frommer skillfully balances them in this breezy decade-by-decade look at the Boston Red Sox and their fabled ballpark.

Fenway Park, approaching its 100th anniversary, opened on April 20, 1912. Generations of fans have gotten a thrill just by walking through the turnstiles. Players, too, have been in awe of the unique ballpark and its Green Monster, while creating countless memorable events.

Frommer interviewed 135 players, announcers, Red Sox employees and fans for the book. He has gathered an interesting and entertaining collection of stories and statistical gems. Fenway Park has had an amazing impact on players and fans. I particularly enjoyed reading the fans' memories.

Although Red Sox fans can no longer be described as "long suffering," the label was well-earned before Boston won the World Series in 2004 and again in 2007. And, even though the Red Sox have sold out every game the past five years and drew more than 3 million fans last year, it wasn't always that way.

One of the most interesting aspects of Frommer's history is the change in Red Sox attendance over the years. In 1932, the Red Sox went 43-111, finished 64 games behind the Yankees and drew 182,150 fans (or about 2,366 per game). In 1965, the Red Sox drew 652,000 fans or 8,052 per game. Late in the season, they drew two crowds of under 500 fans. After a 90-loss season in 1966, the Red Sox won the AL pennant in 1967 and took on the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series, losing in seven games. Attendance skyrocketed from 811,172 in 1966 to 1.7 million in 1967.

Over the years, Fenway Park has been renovated and seats have been added.
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Remembering Fenway Park is a book that every Red Sox fan should have and every lover of baseball history needs to have. Harvey Frommer has compiled the definitve book on baseball's most historic field. His technique of interspersing the memories of old players, officials, fans and the like into the text brings it to life and makes it compelling. The photographs alone are worth the price.

Don't just read this book then put it aside. Savor it like a fine wine. Take a little sip every now and then - and glory in its bouquet.
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By justme on January 31, 2012
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As a life-long Red Sox fan, and someone who has been to Fenway Park many times, I loved this book. The stories, the photos, and the history of the Park were all presented well within this book. I have several books related to the Red Sox and Fenway Park; this one ranks highly among them. The text of the book is well written, the format is great, and the content is both informative and entertaining. I consider this book to be a "must have", not only for fans of the Red Sox, but also for fans of the game of baseball.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dave Stanley on February 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
What a Great walk through History that Harver Frommer has put together, as I was reading Remembering Fenway Park it was like walking into the park for the first time all over again. This is a must read for any baseball Fan.

Dave Stanley
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