Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Bronx Banter Interview: Glenn Stout

Belth catches up with Glenn Stout, author of Fenway 1912: The Birth of a Ballpark, a Championship Season, and Fenway’s Remarkable First Year.

BB: One of the incredible things about Fenway Park is that it has changed over 100 years, and although it may seem antiquated, the current Red Sox ownership has done a lot to add modern touches without tearing the place down. Can you talk about some of the most significant alterations the place has seen and why it continues to last.

GS: Fenway Park has lasted because until quite recently they never really tried to preserve it. There was little waxy nostalgia about the place until the 1980s. If they needed to change something, they just changed it. In that way the ballpark was allowed to evolve, and, except for the original grandstand, was almost entirely rebuilt in 1933/34 anyway. Significantly, I think, is that despite all the things they’ve done recently, they’ve left the interior footprint of the field alone. That allows fans to imagine they’re in the same park where Ruth and Williams and Yaz played, and where Fisk and Bucky hit it over the wall, and to connect that history. That’s mostly a fantasy, but an effective one. So despite the fact that I find Fenway far too busy these days – there are signs EVERYWHERE, and a constant barrage of noise – in many ways the park more resembles the retro parks that were built in imitation of Fenway more than the original Fenway Park – fans can still have a unique and memorable personal experience. A significant number of fans at any given game are tourists, and tourists will even find cramped seats and posts charming.

 

Repoz Posted: October 13, 2011 at 09:45 AM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: books, history, media, red sox

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. AndrewJ Posted: October 14, 2011 at 01:10 AM (#3962841)
Don't know if I'll buy this, but I've requested it at the library. Stout's one of the good ones.
   2. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: October 14, 2011 at 01:52 AM (#3962895)
His Red Sox Century is also first rate, except for the curiously apologetic chapter about Frazee and Ruth.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Martin Hemner
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogSchool of Roch: Melky Cabrera a "fallback option" for the Orioles
(28 - 9:30pm, Nov 25)
Last: PreservedFish

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - November 2014
(1134 - 9:29pm, Nov 25)
Last: madvillain

NewsblogOTP Politics November 2014: Mets Deny Bias in Ticket Official’s Firing
(4843 - 9:29pm, Nov 25)
Last: Joe Kehoskie

NewsblogRolling Stone: The 15 Worst Owners in Sports
(38 - 9:27pm, Nov 25)
Last: Dag is a salt water fish in fresh water world

NewsblogJazayerli: The Legacy Of The 2014 Royals, Part 1.
(42 - 9:08pm, Nov 25)
Last: 'Spos stares out the window, waits for spring

Newsblogred sox - So … is there any money left for pitching? Red Sox roster building reconsidered - WEEI | Alex Speier
(120 - 9:02pm, Nov 25)
Last: Zach

NewsblogBig Unit, Pedro, Smoltz headline Hall of Fame ballot
(79 - 8:19pm, Nov 25)
Last: Booey

NewsblogOz: Mike Trout Q&A: His workouts, goals & what he’s thankful for
(10 - 7:46pm, Nov 25)
Last: What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face?

NewsblogKap: Cubs have made 'significant' offer to Jon Lester | CSN Chicago
(4 - 7:34pm, Nov 25)
Last: tfbg9

NewsblogMeet the teenagers who landed a shocking MLB scoop
(40 - 7:27pm, Nov 25)
Last: Joe Kehoskie

NewsblogHow Twitter Has Changed Baseball Coverage For Better or Worse
(7 - 6:38pm, Nov 25)
Last: RMc is a fine piece of cheese

NewsblogWendy Thurm on Twitter: "What the hell kinda panda is that?"
(6 - 6:33pm, Nov 25)
Last: RMc is a fine piece of cheese

NewsblogAdam Rubin: My Hall of Fame ballot
(50 - 6:24pm, Nov 25)
Last: Kiko Sakata

NewsblogOT:  Soccer (the Round, True Football), November 2014
(514 - 5:51pm, Nov 25)
Last: jmurph

NewsblogThe Effects of Pitch Sequencing – The Hardball Times
(4 - 4:26pm, Nov 25)
Last: madvillain

Page rendered in 0.1258 seconds
54 querie(s) executed