Hall of Fame Celebrates 100 Years of Fenway Park with New Exhibit Dedicated to the Major League’s Oldest Stadium

‘FENtennial: Fenway Park’s First 100 Years’ Opens in Cooperstown April 9

March 28, 2012

COOPERSTOWN, NY – 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 on loan or from the Museum’s unparalleled collection of almost 40,000 pieces of baseball history, 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 and is included with admission to the Museum. For more information, please visit www.baseballhall.org.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is an independent not-for-profit educational institution, dedicated to fostering an appreciation of the historical development of baseball and its impact on our culture by collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting its collections for a global audience as well as honoring those who have made outstanding contributions to our National Pastime.

The Museum's collections contain nearly 40,000 three-dimensional artifacts representing all facets of the game, from its inception in the mid-19th century to present. Three-dimensional artifacts include bats, baseballs, uniforms, player equipment, ballpark artifacts, awards, artwork, textiles, tickets, collectibles and assorted memorabilia. In addition, the Institution’s archives contain in excess of 135,000 Baseball cards and three million Library items, including photographs, books, magazines, newspaper clippings, films, video and audio tapes.

Located on Main Street in the heart of picturesque Cooperstown, New York, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is one of the country’s major tourist destinations and is surely the best-known sports shrine in the world. Opening its doors for the first time on June 12, 1939, the Hall of Fame has stood as the definitive repository of the game’s treasures and as a symbol of the most profound individual honor bestowed on an athlete. It is every fan’s "Field of Dreams," with its stories, legends and magic to be passed on from generation to generation.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is open seven days a week year round, with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. The Museum observes regular hours of 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. from Labor Day until Memorial Day Weekend. From Memorial Day Weekend through the day before Labor Day, the Museum observes summer hours of 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Ticket prices are $19.50 for adults (13 and over), $12 for seniors (65 and over) and for those holding current memberships in the VFW, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion and AMVets organizations, and $7 for juniors (ages 7-12). Members are always admitted free of charge and there is no charge for children 6 years of age or younger. For more information, visit our Web site at baseballhall.org or call 888-HALL-OF-FAME (888-425-5633) or 607-547-7200.