Opening Fenway Park With Style: The 1912 Champion Red Sox
OPENING FENWAY PARK WITH STYLE: The 1912 World Champion Red Sox details the story of a season 100 years ago, the first season played at Fenway Park and the team that went on to win the pennant by a mile and fight to victory in one of the most thrilling World Series ever staged. More
OPENING FENWAY PARK WITH STYLE: The 1912 World Champion Red Sox is the collaborative work of 27 members of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). This book, which contains over 300 period photographs and illustrations, has as its core the individual biographies of every player on the team, even including Douglass Smith—who appeared in just one game. There are also biographies of owner John I. Taylor and American League founder Ban Johnson. The book also contains a detailed timeline of the full calendar year, with essays on the construction of brand-new Fenway Park and its first renovation, as the team (which won the pennant by 14 games) prepared for Fenway’s first World Series. The 1912 World Series remains one of the most exciting ones in baseball history, extending to eight games because of a 14-inning tie game in Game Two. Game Eight itself saw the Giants score a tie-breaking run to take a lead in the top of the 10th inning, only to see Boston come back with two in the bottom of the 10th and win at home.
Other articles in the book reveal a fascinating spring training, which saw Sox players join the hunt for a murderer in Hot Springs, and look at life in Boston in 1912 – as well as how the newspapers and telegraph reported the games, in the days before radio and television and the internet. It may surprise some to learn of the thousands of people who crowded outside the downtown offices of newspapers so they could get batter-by-batter updates on the progress of the World Series games-in-progress.
There are more than a dozen books celebrating the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park, but not one which is devoted to the 1912 season itself, providing the context for the then-new park which remains home to Boston baseball a century later.