Your Fenway Park Memories

This year, Boston celebrates 100 years of Fenway Park. Opened in 1912, the Red Sox’ famed ballpark is now the oldest Major League stadium still in use. To mark the centennial, we’re asking users to submit lasting Fenway memories, such as a first trip to the Boston ballpark.

- The submissions are below. See the bottom of this post for instructions on how to submit your own Fenway Park memory.

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How To Submit Your Memories:

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  • iPhone – Use the “Assignments” button in the WBUR app to send us photos, audio and text.
  • Twitter – Submit photos and memories and alert us by mentioning @wbur, so that we see your post. Also use the hashtag #Fenway100.
  • Email – Email your photos and memories to report@wbur.org. Please be sure to put “Fenway Park 100″ in the subject line of your message.
  • Flickr – Once you have uploaded your Fenway photos to your Flickr account, please share them with our Flickr group.
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  • Sinclair

    I remember Fenway when it was affordable for families.  Baseball salaries and cable TV ($$$) have since corrupted the game.  I am no longer a fan of major league baseball; however, I enjoy the minor leagues.  It represents baseball at its finest.  Young men playing their hearts out while seeking hope for recognition and to play in the major leagues. 

    If they actually make it in the big time, I would cease following their careers.  For me, their game would have been reduced to showbusiness and glamour on and off the field.  It would then be elevated to drugs, steroids, babes and flash sprinkled with acting as a prop for several charities and endorsements.

  • Chris

    One week after the Winter Classic, BU played BC, and at faceoff it was about fifteen degrees with light snow under the lights. It was awesome.


  • Anonymous

    I have many fond memories of Fenway.   Sadly, most of those memories are from the years 1956-1985.  I attended hundreds of games over those years.  As a kid we would attend 6-8 games a year.  Mostly we would go to the game only if the weather was spectacularly beautiful, and only if it was a scheduled double header.  We would sit in the bleachers to start, but then move over to the good seats when they opened the gates between the bleachers and the rest of the park.  (Did I mention that parking was free on the streets and the tickets were only about 50 cents.)  In the 70s and 80s I had the weekend season ticket package, and I’ll never forget that when we called to order our package, I asked what seats would be available, and the guy on the phone just said — “well, where would you like to sit?”  Needless to say we had perfect box seats behind 3rd base, just under the overhang — so, in the shade on sunny days, but dry on rainy days.  Fabulous.  Best memories in no particular order: the special sound of the ball coming of the bats of certain sluggers like Jim Rice, Frank Robinson, Dick Allen; the time Garry Allenson bunted home the winning run; the time we saw Ted Williams go 4 for 4; the time we saw Mickey Mantle hit 2 home runs in my first night game; Carl Yastrzemski’s last game; the 1978 playoff game, notwithstanding the tragic outcome.
    Nowadays, even if I had the money to go to Fenway, my experience tells me that the struggle to obtain decent seats is unappealing.  There are just too many bad seats at Fenway.  Good seats are unavailable.  I cannot enjoy a game in any of the truly horrible right field seats — which add up to about 30% of the seats in the park.  In the bleachers, if I could arrive early and sit wherever I want, I would probably go once in a while, but they make you buy in advance and sit in assigned seats.  The ballpark is way to cramped and grungy.  Everything costs too much.  For me, the whole experience is just way too stressful.  I hate having to buy tickets months in advance and shell out a weeks pay for a couple of tickets.
    I have been to games at many other parks in recent years.  e.g., Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee — not to mention Pawtucket and Lowell — and they are all better experiences than Fenway.   If I could re-live the experiences I had as a kid or as a young adult, when going to the game was a fun, but very relaxing experience, I would still like Fenway.  Now, if I want to have a similar experience, I go see the Pawsox or Lowell Spinners.
    I hope these observations ring true with some of the readers.