In Massachusetts by the beaches of the Atlantic is the oldest and most prominent of its cities, politically as well as culturally; the city of Boston. A beautiful city laden with monuments, history, old buildings and more. But that is not all, it hosts the beloved Boston Red Sox baseball team. Fans are not restricted to the home base of the team but are spread all over the country. Some facts that are hopefully not well known.
While they had a good start with their beginning in 1912, the opening match and win over NY Highlanders was shadowed by the sinking of the great Titanic. Never the less, it was a strong start with subsequent World Series title for 1912.
It is hard to believe but, the Red Sox have always been in Fenway Park, it is home base to them and part of their history, and they are part of its history. Even when a fire destroyed a part of the left field line bleachers in 1926, they still used Fenway Park until it was reconstructed in 1933. But another fire almost destroyed all the park and they had to do the impossible to get it ready for the spring season 1934.
The green monster is a reality in the Red Sox’s life. It is so called because of its gigantic proportions, and intimidating appearance. It is a huge, green wall in Fenway Park. An iconic landmark it was built to 37 feet high and 231 feet wide, and ironically it was built to prevent anyone from watching the game; those who had not obtained a ticket. As for these days, it is used for attempted home runs over the wall leaving failures as well as numerous dents on the Green Monster.
The Red Sox have made it a habit to honor very prominent players by building foul poles in their names. There is a pole in the right field named after infielder Johnny Pesky and recently they honored another player, Carlton Fisk – catcher, by building another pole to honor him as the first player to be unanimously voted American League rookie among other landmarks in his career.
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