Fenway Park, 4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA, 02215
Ball Park First Game
Date – 4/26/1912 (5)
Starting Pitchers – Red Sox vs. Yankees: 4/20/1912
Final Score 7-6 (BOS), 11 innings
Attendance – 24,000
Starting Pitchers Buck O’Brien (BOS); Ray Caldwell (NYA)
First Batter – Guy Zinn (NYA) Result – Walked
First Hits – Harry Wolter (NYA), Singled on SAC (1st)
First Run – Guy Zinn (NYA)
First RBI – Roy Hartzell (NYA)
First Homerun – Hugh Bradley (BOS) vs. Lefty Russell (PHA) on 4/26/1912 (7th inning)
First Grandslam – Rabbit Maranville (BSN) vs. Hippo Vaughn (CHN) on 9/26/1914 (4th inning)
First Inside Park Homerun – Sam Crawford (DET) vs. Buck O’Brien (BOS) on 5/10/1912 (9th inning)
First No-Hitter – Iron Davis (BSN) vs. Phillies on 9/19/1914
In the first regular season game at Fenway Park Red Sox players lost potential triples and home runs thanks to an overflow crowd that was roped off in the outfield. Hits into the crowd were ruled doubles.
The first homer at Fenway Park was the last of Hugh Bradley’s career;
The first grand slam at Fenway Park was hit by Boston Braves shortstop Rabbit Maranville and was the last of his career.
It was the first time that a park’s regular home team didn’t account for a first (both grand slam and no-hitter)
Red Sox second baseman Steve Yerkes had five hits, the most ever for a park’s first game.
The Red Sox play a benefit game against an American League all-star team and Babe Ruth and Rube Foster combine for a 2 – 0 shutout. The AL squad features Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker, and Joe Jackson in the outfield. More than $14,000 is raised for the family of sports writer Tim Murnane, who died February 13th. Murnane had played and managed in Boston in the 19th century. Actress Fanny Brice helps sell programs and former heavyweight champ John L. Sullivan coaches 3B for the Sox. Ruth wins the fungo hitting contest with a drive of 402 feet, while Joe Jackson has the longest throw at an impressive 396 feet.
In Boston, 33,000 are on hand for a doubleheader and to see Babe Ruth return to the Yankee lineup. The Babe hits his 45th homer in the opener to give New York a 5 – 3 win. In the nitecap, Carl Mays pitches to a mixture of boos and cheers. Mays takes a 5 – 3 lead into the 9th, then he fails to back up home on a play at the plate. A loose ball allows Joe Bush to score the winning run and Boston wins, 6 – 5.
Tiny Bonham makes his major league debut for the Yankees and loses‚ 4 – 1‚ to Fritz Ostermueller. Bonham‚ brought up to replace the sore-armed Lefty Gomez‚ will still end the season at 9-3‚ complete 10 games‚ and toss three shutouts. His ERA will be 1.90 but Bob Feller will lead the American League at 2.61, although some will consider Bonham the title holder.
10/3/1948 After taking his position in center field in the bottom of the eighth inning at Fenway Park, Joe DiMaggio, is removed from the game by Yankee manager Bucky Harris. As the superstar of their hated rivals limps off the field, the enthusiastic Red Sox crowd of 35,000 gives Joltin’ Joe a lengthy and loud standing ovation, a gesture he will later refer to as one of the greatest thrills of his career.
The Yankees clinched the American League flag with a 4-3 victory over Boston at Fenway Park. The title will be 70 year-old Casey Stengel’s tenth and last pennant after being dismissed and replaced by the team’s hitting coach Ralph Houk when the Bronx Bombers lose the World Series to Pirates in seven games.
At Fenway Park, In his first major league at-bat, Gates Brown delivers a pinch-hit home run in the Tigers’ 9-2 loss to Boston. He is the 11th player to homer in his first career atbat and the homer will be the first of 16 round-trippers the Tiger outfielder will hit coming off the bench during his 13-year career in Detroit.
Jim Rice climbs into the Fenway Park stands from the dugout to assist a young boy who had just been hit in the head by a savage line drive foul off the bat of Dave Stapleton. The Red Sox slugger’s quick response of picking up the four year-old boy and running through the dugout to a waiting ambulance is credited with possibly saving the child’s life.
Bill Buckner and Tony Armas each hit grand slams in the first two innings off Tigers ace Jack Morris to spark the Red Sox to a 12 – 7 victory in the first game of a doubleheader. Detroit takes the second game, 7 – 5, in 11 innings, after scoring a run in the 9th to tie. Lance Parrish’s two-run homer ends it and Aurelio Lopez improves to 9-0.