By Travel New England
On April 16, 1912 the front page of the Boston Daily Globe read “Titanic Sinks, 1500 Die”. Five days later on April 21, 1912 the Globe ran an article on the April 20 opening and first major league baseball game at the new home of the Boston Red Sox – Fenway Park. Both events celebrate their 100th anniversary this year. Both happened before almost all of the major historical events of the 20th century.
On opening day April 20, 1912 the home town team defeated the New York Highlanders, now the New York Yankees, 7 to 6 in 11 innings, starting the long-standing rivalry between the two teams. It should be noted, however, that while this was the first major league game in Fenway, the first baseball game actually happened on April 9 when the Sox played and defeated the baseball team of Harvard University 2 to 0.
Here’s a great vacation idea, how about planning an adventure to help the Nation’s oldest major league ballpark celebrate its 100th birthday? Opening day for 100th anniversary season of Fenway Park is April 13 when the Sox will play the Tampa Bay Rays.
Major activities planned by the ball club to celebrate Fenway’s 100th include:
- April 19, 2012: Free Fenway Park Open House – This is a free event for fans to come see Fenway Park, enjoy historical artifacts, photographs and banners, and meet Red Sox legends.
- April 20, 2012: 100th Birthday of Fenway Park – You guessed it. Just as they did 100 years ago, the Red Sox will play the Yankees. The game will start as it did in 1912 at 3:05 PM. There will be a pre-game ceremony celebrating the Sox and their venerable ballpark.
- May 2, 2012: Throwback Day against the Oakland Athletics – The two teams will wear throwback uniforms from 1936.
Can’t make these events? Fret not. There will be 81 games played in Fenway this year, and, as always, tours of Fenway Park are available every day.
So head to Boston this spring or summer to celebrate a little bit of baseball history.
About the Author
This guest post was written by Travel New England. Travel New England is a great source for New England vacation ideas. If your travel plans do bring you east to help Fenway Park celebrate its birthday you may want to check out their Massachusetts vacation pages to find other things to do while there.