Fenway 1912 by Glenn Stout
The Birth of a Ballpark, a Championship Season, and Fenway's Remarkable First Year

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Winner of the 2011 Seymour Medal from the Society for American Baseball Research, for the best book of baseball history or biography

"An irresistible look back on Fenway Park's first season, not just for Sox fans . . . a great choice for anyone who enjoys a dip into baseball history at its best."—Huffington Post

Even people who aren’t fans of baseball know Fenway Park. More than just a ballpark, it is a part of American culture, and has been for nearly one hundred years. In Fenway 1912, Glenn Stout tells the remarkable story of Fenway’s first year, from the long winter when locals poured concrete and built the park to the ragtag Red Sox team that embarked on a journey to the World Series while the paint was still drying and the grass still coming in. Stout tells the stories behind the park’s notorious quirks like the Green Monster, and of the designers, builders, managers, and players who made Fenway’s first year unforgettable.

For all that has been written in tribute to the great Fenway Park, no one has ever really told the behind-the-scenes true story. Drawing on extensive new research, the esteemed baseball historian Glenn Stout delivers an extraordinary tale of innovation, desperation, and perspiration—capturing Fenway as never before.

"Fenway 1912 reads like a novel, detailing the trials and tribulations of the quaint ballpark and the team itself … Stout has made a great story out of history.”—Baseball America

"Stout's vivid writing and extraordinary research make the journey worthwhile in so many ways . . . you will likely feel as if you were in the creaky grandstand yourself."—Boston Globe

About Glenn Stout

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GLENN STOUT is the author of all the Good Sports books. He was also the author of thirty-nine titles in the Matt Christopher Sports Biography and Legends in Sports series. He lives in Vermont with his wife and daughter.Check out his website at www.goodsportsbyglennstout.com.
Published October 11, 2011 by Mariner Books. 437 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, History. Non-fiction

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But in 1912, it was just one of four new baseball stadiums utilizing newly developed concrete-and-steel construction methods—evidence, writes Best American Sports Writing series editor Stout (Young Woman and the Sea: How Trudy Ederle Conquered the English Channel and Inspired the World, 2009, etc...

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In his new work, Stout (Red Sox Century) turns back the clock to 1912 to capture the first season the Boston Red Sox played on their now storied home field.

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Book Reporter

Glenn Stout, a long-time Red Sox rooter, with several books about the franchise under his belt, goes deep into the nuts and bolts (almost literally) in FENWAY 1912: The Birth of a Ballpark, a Championship Season, and Fenway’s Remarkable First Year.

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Christian Science Monitor

By the turn of the 20th century, Americans had become enthralled with their national pastime, and entrepreneurial owners scrambled to build facilities to appease – and cash in on – the baseball-hungry masses.

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Huffington Post

(Later, I wrote my own Fenway book, One Day at Fenway, all about a single game between the Yankees and Red Sox in 2003,) Stout, too, has a personal Fenway story to tell, which he relays in an Introduction that might be my favorite section of the book: "I was poor, but I had baseball," he writes...

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In Fenway 1912, veteran sportswriter and self-confessed Red Sox fanatic Glenn Stout essentially offers a blow-by-blow account of the historic season in which the Sox posted their best record ever (105-47), won the World Series, and did it all immediately after their new home, Fenway Park, had bee...

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Baseball America

When the American Institute of Architecture placed Fenway Park on its list of the 150 buildings that defined the "Shape of America," the organization stated, 'The odd thing about Fenway is that probably of the top 150 buildings that we're dealing with on the list, this one exhibits the least sen...

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