Boston’s legendary Fenway Park celebrates its 100th birthday in 2012, and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is celebrating all things Fenway with a new exhibit designed to capture the magic of the major league’s oldest stadium.
On April 9 – 11 days before the 100th anniversary of the opening of Fenway Park – the Hall of Fame will unveil FENtennial: Fenway Park’s First 100 Years, an exhibit a century in the making. Using more than 45 artifacts either from the Museum’s unparalleled collection of almost 40,000 pieces of baseball history or on loan, FENtennial examines the history, memories and impossible dreams that have thrived at Fenway Park and thrilled Boston baseball fans.
“FENtennial will explore the history of Fenway Park and how this beloved American ball yard has served as a connecting point for generations of fans,” said Jeff Idelson, President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. “This exhibit will bring forward countless memories for all baseball fans as we pay tribute to one of the National Pastime’s great cathedrals.”
Through breathtaking photos and the timeless words of those who worked and played at Fenway Park, FENtennial traces the story of Fenway’s beginnings through its iconic features like the Green Monster, the Pesky Pole and Williamsburg. Generations of future Hall of Famers called Fenway home, leaving legacies of excellence imprinted in the sod and dirt that make up one of the game’s most hallowed playing surfaces.
Artifacts ranging from Ted Williams’ 1960 home jersey to Curt Schilling’s blood-stained sock from the 2004 World Series will transport Museum visitors to the iconic moments in time that made – and make – Fenway unique. As part of the exhibit, visitors will be able to share their memories of Fenway Park at the Museum in Cooperstown or at baseballhall.org – with the responses added to the Hall of Fame’s archive.
FENtennial: Fenway Park’s First 100 Years is located on the Museum’s second floor.
PBS is also hosting a Fenway Park 100th Anniversary special that debuted last week.