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Fenway Park: A Salute to the Coolest, Cruelest, Longest-Running Major League Baseball Stadium in America Hardcover – March 6, 2012

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Longtime Boston Sportscaster Clark Booth
"We love Fenway Park because we love antiques, be they rocking chairs or ballparks. But we love it even more because the eccentricities of the place mirror our own. It is, like us, difficult and cranky. … Players come and go, but Fenway Park may become an American pyramid."

Carl Yastrzemski
“I came to love Fenway. It was a place that rejuvenated me after a road trip; the fans right on top of you, the nutty angles. And the Wall. That was my baby, the left-field wall, the Green Monster.”

M.M. Library Journal
"This coffee-table book, commemorating the park’s 100th anniversary, painstakingly re-creates its history, from planning and construction to its role in the surrounding neighborhood and its designation as a symbol of a bygone era. Powers (sports reporter, Boston Globe) and Driscoll (formerly, Boston Globe) explore the unique character of the field and the legendary Green Monster, nemesis of many would-be home-run hitters. With large-format, archival color and black-and-white photos, stories of memorable games, and interviews with past players, this is more than a book about a stadium; it’s a testament to a city, a team, its fans, and the game itself. A treasure for all fans of baseball history, a must-have for Red Sox faithful."

Boston Red Thoughts.com
“A must read, and a must have on every Red Sox fans coffee table. Check it out!”
 
Fenway Nation
“You know when you first pick up that fresh new copy of Sports Illustrated and rush to see the latest "how did they do that?" photos at the front? That's what this entire book is like. Photo after photo will make your jaw drop. Whether it's a casual pre-game street scene of Boston's "new" ballpark in 1912, or Curt Schilling standing on the dugout in 2007 showering the crowd with champagne, each image is unforgettable. The Boston Globe's John Powers and Ron Driscoll weave a compelling story of the park—and the photofest is also peppered with amazing commentaries by Globe writers like Dan Shaughnessy and the Great, Great, Great Bob Ryan. His essays alone are worth the price of this book. Fenway Park—A Salute to the Coolest, Cruelest, Longest-Running Major League Baseball Stadium in America will make the past come alive—from "the Lady With The Megaphone" (Lolly Hopkins) to the man who gave us all the sound of the Red Sox (organist John Kiley). Putting this book on your coffee table will make it the coolest in town.”
 
Over the Monster blog
“It is fitting that such an excellent tribute to the 100 year old park should come from the Globe; the paper and the team are inseparably linked…. Powers and Driscoll write a concise and highly readable history of the team and the park, focusing in on the seasons and players that have made Fenway the iconic place it is. The two writers are aided by a wealth of inserts and additional material… The People of the Park segments are especially engaging…. Power and Driscoll write with the ease and skill one would expect from two long time pros, but their most impressive work here is not their words, but the incredible job they do in mining the Globe’s archives to allow the figures of Fenway’s past to speak again. Pulling quotes from writers and players of days now long gone, the writers create a palpable sense of the present even when recounting events like the 1918 World Series, William’s .406 season and the incredible 1967 "impossible dream" pennant….However, by far the biggest reason Red Sox fans should consider shelling out the $30 cover price for this book is the quality of thousands of color glossy images that bring to life the men and women the writers are talking about. From the two page black and white photo of the bleacher crowd amassed for the 1912 World Series on the third page to the large, fold out blueprint from the 1933 renovation of the Park that is included at the back of the book, this 273 page tome is a treasure trove of incredible photography. Virtually every story is accompanied by an equally memorable image. … I highly recommend the book for serious fans as the images alone are worth the cost and the myriad of bite-size articles on every topic related to the Red Sox and Fenway will give casual readers something to pick at for a long time.”

PW
"More than just a sports fan's coffee-table book, this is a paean to what many consider the quintessential American ballpark….While providing an exhaustive centennial history of the home of the Green Monster, long-time fans Powers and Driscoll (current and former writers for the Boston Globe, respectively) supply plenty of personal passion and verve, and their love of the game and the park comes across beautifully in the excellent writing and numerous photos…. Even Yankees fans will likely appreciate this impressive homage to America's favorite pastime and America's oldest ballpark."

Christian Science Monitor
“This book, as the saying goes, hits the ball out of the park.  It has it all: compelling history and substantial sidebars, extensive timelines of each of Fenway’s decades, and the best photo collection imaginable.”

Baseball America
"What makes this book distinctive is the poster of the rare and extraordinary blueprints from the 1934 renovations of Fenway and the blueprint of renovations of the unique and legendary scoreboard from a year earlier. Also included is an in-depth timeline that concludes each decade."

About the Author

John Powers is a longtime sportswriter for the Boston Globe, New England's leading daily and Sunday newspaper. Ron Driscoll is a former copy editor for the Boston Globe and the Cape Cod Times. Both Powers and Driscoll live outside of Boston. Please visit them at boston.com/bostonglobe.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press; Har/Pstr edition (March 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762442042
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762442041
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1.2 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #757,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Stoner VINE VOICE on May 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The Boston Globe did a phenomenal job of putting together this love affair with Fenway Park. Some of the favorite moments of my life have been working soup kitchens in Boston listening to lifelong die hard Red Sox fans talk about the team; hearing the passion for something much bigger than themselves and something that transcends the day to day life.

Reading through FENWAY PARK was a similar experience minus the passionate voice telling the stories. This book is packed with stories, characterizations, and memorable moments in the history of Boston and Fenway Park. Obviously, included in this book are the stories that everyone knows including the red seat tribute to Ted Williams' home run and the construction of the Green Monster. Where this book really shines, though, is the long lost history lessons involving Boston and the historical characters throughout the 100 year history including the no baseball on Sundays, Nuns Day and the Fenway Faithful, and the minor renovations in the early years of Fenway Park.

Obviously some of the pictures are extremely old, but the book still gives a professional and polished look with these photos and the layout of the stories. As a coffee table book it could be hit or miss depending on the guests sitting on your couch. Many might not think this book is National Geographic standard but anyone remotely interested in baseball will gladly sift through this book piece by piece and read the various stories and accounts throughout.
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Of all the books produced in the last few years celebrating the 100th. anniversary of Boston's (and Baseball's) iconic Fenway Park, I think this rates as the pick of the bunch. Simply a beautifully designed and gorgeous book to thumb through. Beautiful photos from the extensive archives of The Boston Globe make you want to dig deeper into the rich history of Fenway, the Red Sox and Boston. This is a marvellous piece of baseball lore as well as a handsome slice of Americana. Great articles by the likes of Bob Ryan, Dan Shaughnessy, John Powers and Ron Driscoll add immensely to the colorful history and personalities of Fenway. Really liked "the People of the Park" chapters. Decade "timelines" help keep the history intact and easy to follow. There's even a lift-out 1934 blueprint of the park and a fold-out section on the "Green Monster". And whilst the latter part of the book celebrates recent Red Sox success (hallelujah!) in glorious color, it is really the old black and white photos and newspaper items of yesteryear which make this publication so irresistible and fascinating. Don't call yourself a Red Sox fan if you haven't got this one taking pride of place in your library.
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The book is misnamed. It's not really about Fenway Park, it is about the Red Sox. As a history of the Red Sox it is a 5-star book. But if you are more interested in the stadium--its history, architecture, etc--than you are in the team, then you are going to be a little disappointed. Yeah, I know. The history of the park and the team are so intertwined that you can't tell one without the other. I understand. But the main focus of this book is on the team, and the stadium is a sidebar (in most cases, literally!). I expected a book where the main focus was the stadium, and the history of the team just came along for the ride. Hence, three stars.
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A fine book, lots of history and statistics. Bought it for my daughter and family who visited Boston in July, and attended a Sox/Astros game at
Fenway. It was a memorable long weekend for all of them, especially for my youngest grandson who hopes to play pro baseball.
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I bought this book as a gift for my grandfather who still remembers going to his very first game at Fenway Park in the 30's. Although I have yet to give it to him, I know he will love it. The vibrant photos and fun illustrations really do a great job at depicting the history of this stadium! From cover to cover, the whole book is put together so beautifully that you won't want to put it down!
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I liked the whole look of the book and it seemed comprehensive in covering the history of this famed ball park. It was a gift to relatives in Boston who are huge Red Sox fans (as is most of Boston!), and I felt this more than met my expectation. Also, it has a wonderful collection of pictures.
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We loved this book. Whether you are a Fenway fan already or about to become one -- this book is filled with great history about one of America's great sports treasures. It has provided us both factual information for a school report and, more importantly, hours of fun talking about the development of the park. It even inspired a special Green Monster trip. (Redundant: special Green Monster trip)
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This is an excellent book both for its written recall of the history of America's greatest ballpark but most of all for the wonderful pictures of 100 years.
I also loved the timeline through the decades that makes it very easy to scroll the century if you don't wish to read everything.
The gem of this book is probably the poster-size blueprints of the original Fenway Park design, those are really wonderful.
It should be perfect complement to the best narrative history of Fenway Park's birth I found recentely by the great Glenn Stout Fenway 1912: The Birth of a Ballpark, a Championship Season, and Fenway's Remarkable First Year
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