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Fenway Park:The Centennial: 100 Years of Red Sox Baseball Hardcover – September 13, 2011

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"This beautifully illustrated 176-page coffee-table style book captures the feel and spirit of Fenway Park ... the book includes over 200 images, including many from the archives of the Boston Public Library - as well as rarely seen artifices and memorabilia from the decades of events held in Fenway." - Boston Sports Media Watch

"Not simply a love letter to the old ball yard. Wisnia naturally revels in all the good times and feelings so many Bostonians have experienced within its confines ... but balances his perspective by noting some of the more challenging times the facility and the team have experienced." The Hardball Times

"An in-depth, stunning and engaging look at 'America's Most Beloved Ballpark' ... captures the very essence of Fenway Park and Boston baseball by looking back at Fenway's construction, Red Sox legends, taking a trip inside the famous Green Monster and sharing the passion that is so evident in Sox fans everywhere." - NESN.com

“A top-notch job.” ―SportsofBoston.com

“A must read for all baseball fans.” ―ThroughtheFenceBaseball.com

“An in-depth, stunning and engaging look at ‘America's Most Beloved Ballpark'.” ―NESN

“A terrific look at one of baseball's grandest cathedrals and one of its most famous teams.” ―HardBallTimes.com

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.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; Har/DVD edition (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312642741
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312642747
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.8 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #308,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I've worked at Fenway Park for 3 years, and I have a collection of 24 books all on the Red Sox on my bookshelf. Fenway Park the Centennial is definitely one of the best! If you're a Red Sox fan, or just a fan of baseball this is a great book to have.
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I just got this a a gift for a baseball-obsesed relative. it's a great look back at the history of baseball's coziest ballpark. It's well-written, with lots of interesting nuggets and stories.
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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. ~ Elizabeth T.Fenway Park:The Centennial: 100 Years of Red Sox Baseball
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I have given several of Saul's books as gifts to my sports & Red Sox fan friends and family. Saul's books are must have's. The writing is terrific and the pictures are gorgeous!
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I bought this for a 7-year-old who loves sports and the Red Sox. I am excited to give this to him, as there are a ton of colored photos but also short blurbs on the team, the park, etc. This is something that he can grow with; a book that he will want to keep forever. I am very happy with it, and was able to get the "bargain book" for a cheaper price. The only marking on it was a black dot from a sharpie on the tops of the pages (when the book is shut), which is pretty unnoticeable. The sleeve had a tiny tear on the front of it, but I don't think that was because of the "bargain book" and more just something that happened during the process of making/shipping it. Not a big deal, though!
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OMG. What more can I say about this author and book. The RS are very dear to me, and this holds more history for the reader. I was born in 1972, and donot remember the 75 series at all. All the information obtained from this book can be used to help children understand the history of this storied franchise.

The DVD of Carlton, and his words taking me through Fenway was like I was there with him walking or sitting through games and Fenway.

I was told once "its not Fenways Fault", and its not. Its a team sport. We all live, breath, and die Red Sox baseball.
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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 went through the wringer last season and we went through it with them. This book reminds me why we hang in there. It's a great way to start the new season!
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This book is a work of art. the amount of detail, facts, interesting stories and beautiful pictures of one of the cathedrals of baseball is phenomenal. If you or a family member or friend loves the Red Sox, baseball or art, buy this book.
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