Baseball fans: Take a quick tour of all 30 major league ballparks

Authors Josh Pahigian and Kevin O’Connell explore America's major league ballparks in "The Ultimate Baseball Road."

By , Staff Writer

2. Boston Red Sox/Fenway Park

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Opened: 1912

Capacity: 37,402

What the authors say: “Within Boston’s hardball cathedral, the grass seems greener, the crack of the bat crisper, and the excitement in the air more palpable than anywhere else.”

Learned from the book:

• The ballpark owes its name not to some proper Bostonian but to the fens, a backwater of the Charles River, which flows nearby.

• The oldest major-league park opened five days after the Titanic sank in 1912, a season that began with a victory over the Yankees and ended with a World Series victory over another New York club, the Giants.

• The famed Green Monster left field wall, which wasn’t painted green until 1947, was mostly a backdrop during the dead-ball era, not a factor in the outcome of games the way it’s been since livelier baseballs increased the frequency of home runs beginning in the 1920s.

• The only way to land one of the coveted 274 seats perched on the Green Monster is by entering a lottery before the season begins.

• The glass-enclosed .406 Club behind home plate (named for Ted Williams’s famous 1941 batting average) has been converted to open-air seating that’s a better fit with the stadium’s architecture.

• Yawkey Way, which runs in front of the main entrances, is now blocked off before games to create a festive street-fair atmosphere.

• During the past 10 years, the capacity has been expanded by nearly 4,000 seats, mostly by using the rooftop.

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