Hall of Fame Marks Second Century of Play at Fenway Park with Artifacts from April 20 Game

Museum’s Newest Artifacts – Ball, Base and Game Ticket from 100th Anniversary Game – Will Be Featured in Special Artifact Spotlight Saturday as Part of Fenway Day Celebration

May 04, 2012
The Red Sox donated several artifacts to the Hall of Fame to commemorate the April 20 Red Sox vs. Yankees game. (Craig Muder/NBHOF Library)

COOPERSTOWN, NY – The second century of history at Boston’s Fenway Park is under way, and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will be receiving a few treasures on Saturday, documenting the next 100 years of memorable moments.

The Museum will host Fenway Day on Saturday, May 5 in Cooperstown, paying tribute to the major league’s oldest ballpark with a lineup of events dedicated to Fenway Park. The Hall of Fame’s celebration of Fenway’s 100th birthday began in April with the opening of FENtennial: Fenway Park’s First 100 Years, an exhibit dedicated to the history of Fenway Park and featuring almost four dozen artifacts. FENtennial will be on exhibit all year long in Cooperstown.

Three artifacts from the 100th anniversary game – played against the New York Yankees on April 20, exactly one century after the first baseball game – will join the Museum’s archive: A game-used baseball, base and a game ticket. These additions will be presented to the Hall of Fame during an Artifact Spotlight at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Hall of Fame – all part of a full day of events on Fenway Day. All Fenway Day events are included with Museum admission. The schedule of events on Saturday, May 5 includes:

11 a.m.

Artifact Spotlight: Fenway’s Second Century
Authors Series: Fenway Park 100 Years
Bullpen Theater, 1st Floor 

Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson will welcome three new artifacts for fans, from the April 20 Red Sox vs. Yankees game at Fenway Park, including a game-used ball and base and a game ticket. The program will feature an Authors Series presentation on “Fenway Park: 100 Years,” the official, definitive history of America’s Most Beloved Ballpark, published jointly by the Boston Red Sox and Major League Baseball. This special Authors Series program will feature the book’s editors, David Friedman and Dan Rea. Friedman serves as Boston’s Senior Vice President and Special Counsel, while Rea is the Coordinator of Alumni and Archives. A book signing will follow this program.

1 p.m.

Authors Series: FENWAY 1912: The Birth of a Ballpark, a Championship Season, and Fenway’s Remarkable First Year
Bullpen Theater, 1st Floor 

Author Glenn Stout discusses his recent book, “FENWAY 1912.” A book signing will immediately follow the program.

2:30 p.m.

Curator Spotlight: FENtennial
Second Floor of the Museum

Join Hall of Fame Curator Lenny DiFranza for a guided tour of the Hall of Fame’s newest exhibit. FENtennial features artifacts like Carl Yastrzemski’s bat from his 3,000th hit, Ted Williams’ 1960 home jersey and Carlton Fisk’s Game 6 bat from the 1975 World Series – which is on exhibit for the first time anywhere. 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.

4 p.m.

Film Screening: Down the Line
Bullpen Theater, 1st Floor

A 23-minute documentary on Boston’s Fenway Park that takes fans where they have never been before by celebrating Fenway's "team behind the team": The bat boys, ball girls, clubhouse attendants and grounds crew members who make every Major League Baseball game possible.

Seating for all events is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Visitors to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum with a Fenway Park ticket stub from the 2012 season will receive a free copy of the Hall of Fame’s Memories and Dreams Salute to Fenway Park, a 48-page color commemorative magazine at Cooperstown’s look at 100 years of Boston’s sacred ground. Limit one copy per ticket stub and while supplies last. The centennial commemorative includes original insight from Hall of Fame members about their experiences at Fenway Park, as well as historical photographs, insightful commentary and unique artifacts from the Museum’s collections.

For more information on these and other programs, please visit www.baseballhall.org.

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.