Fenway at 100

Greater Boston Reports from Fenway

By WGBH News   |   Friday, April 20, 2012
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BOSTON — The Greater Boston team visited Fenway on the day of the ballpark's open house. Emily spoke with Boston Red Sox President and CEO Larry Lucchino about what makes Fenway is one of America’s most beloved ballparks.

In addition, Jared Bown shares interviews with Red Sox memorabilia collector Kurt Cerulli, author Glen Stout and ESPN's Howard Bryant about their unique views of the ballpark's history.

(Images courtesy of the Red Sox)

The Poet of Fenway

By WGBH News   |   Friday, April 20, 2012
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April 20, 2012

BOSTON —  Fenway's one-of-a-kind charm has inspired no end of literary giants, including such as Stephen King, poet Donald Hall and perhaps most famously John "lyric little bandbox" Updike. Today, Dick Flavin is carrying on the tradition as the official poet laureate of Fenway Park. Sure the pay is low — but that keeps competition for the spot down, he joked. This is his special verse for the Fenway centennial, as heard on The Callie Crossley Show. Listen to the rest of the conversation above.

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The Day I Rooted for the Red Sox

By Danielle Dreilinger   |   Friday, April 20, 2012
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"I just don't know where I went wrong," said my dad, the Yankees fan.
Because he did everything right. He took me to my first Yankees game at age 6. From then on, once a year, we drove in to the Bronx; he bought the scorecard and explained how to score a fielder's choice. We threw peanut shells on the ground as he said, "This is one of the only public places where it's OK to throw your peanut shells on the ground." My 10th birthday present was my first night game. When a foul ball came flying in our direction, I ducked and Dad scrambled to get it.
Even when I left New York in 1999, I never thought my allegiance would shift. The family's baseball loyalties had only changed once, under duress, and my great-aunt went to her grave a Brooklyn Dodgers fan.

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Honey Fitz Threw the First Pitch

Thursday, April 19, 2012
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John F. “Honey Fitz” Fitzgerald, Mayor of Boston, in July 29, 1960. He is the Grandfather of Sen. Ted Kennedy. (AP Photo)

BOSTON — If Senator Ted Kennedy were alive today, he would have been at Fenway Park for the centennial celebration to throw out the first pitch. It would have linked Kennedy and his grandfather, who threw the ceremonial first pitch 100 years ago.

In 1912,  before the first game ever played at Fenway Park, that honor went to Boston Mayor John "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald, father of Rose Kennedy, and a member of the Red Sox fan club called "The Royal Rooters."

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Fans Flock to Fenway Park Open House

By Jordan Weinstein   |   Thursday, April 19, 2012
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BOSTON — The day before the official Fenway 100 celebration, the park opened to fans — and to Greater Boston, which recorded a special show on the grounds. Where Larry Lucchino expected 5,000 people ... by midday 20,000 had already arrived. Host Emily Rooney describes the wild scene:

Watch the special episode of Greater Boston on-demand.

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And the fans take the field! The scene at the Fenway open house at 10:45 a.m. (Azita Ghahrahmani/WGBH)

How Fenway Became An Icon

Thursday, April 19, 2012
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Inside Fenway Park (AP Photo)

BOSTON —  Mike Barnicle, an award-winning columnist who was featured in Ken Burn's special Baseball, talked with Emily Rooney yesterday about how the idiosyncratic ball yard became a Boston icon and a living monument to the national pastime.

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About Fenway at 100

WGBH News brings you local stories and historic moments from Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, as it marks a century in baseball history. (Fenway photo courtesy of the Boston Red Sox.)

About the Authors
The WGBH News team comprises the WGBH radio newsroom, The Callie Crossley Show, The Emily Rooney Show and WGBH Channel 2 reporters and producers from Greater Boston and Basic Black. 
Danielle Dreilinger Danielle Dreilinger
Danielle Dreilinger is an author and news producer for WGBH.org.

Jordan Weinstein Jordan Weinstein
Jordan Weinstein is a news anchor for NPR's All Things Considered on WGBH, 89.7 FM in Boston.

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