Huntington Avenue Grounds
Tenant: Boston Red Sox (A.K.A. Americans, Pilgrims, Puritans, Plymouth Rocks, Somersets).
Opened: May 8, 1901
First night game: Never
Last game: October 7, 1911
Capacity: 11,500 (1901)
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Location: Left field (NW), Huntington Avenue; third base (SW), Bryant (Rogers) Street, now Forsyth Street; first base (SE) New Gravelly Pt. and New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad tracks; right field (NE), New Gravelly Pt.
Dimensions: Left field: 350 ft.; left center: 440 ft.; center field: 530 ft. (1901), 635 ft. (1908); right field: 280 ft. (1901), 320 ft. (1908); backstop: 60 ft.
- Built across the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad tracks from the South End Grounds, home of the Boston Braves.
- Scene of the first American League - National League World Series in 1903.
- Had the deepest center field in the big leagues (635 feet).
- Built on a former circus lot, there were large patches of sand in the outfield where grass would not grow.
- A tool shed in deep center field was in play.
- Cy Young threw the first modern perfect game there on May 5, 1904.
- Site is now occupied by Northeastern University.
- The World Series Exhibit Room in Cabot Physical Education Center, on the current site, is devoted to mementoes of the 1901-1911 Red Sox era.
- A plaque on the side of the Cabot Physical Education Center, commemorating the location of where the left field foul pole used to be, was unveiled in 1956.
- In 1993, a statue of Cy Young was placed where the pitchers mound and home plate used to be.
Recommended Reading (bibliography):
- Take Me Out to the Ballpark: An Illustrated Tour of Baseball Parks Past and Present by Josh Leventhal and Jessica Macmurray.
- The Ballpark Book: A Journey Through the Fields of Baseball Magic (Revised Edition) by Ron Smith and Kevin Belford.
- City Baseball Magic: Plain Talk and Uncommon Sense about Cities and Baseball Parks by Philip Bess.
- Diamonds: The Evolution of the Ballpark by Michael Gershman.
- Green Cathedrals: The Ultimate Celebration of All 273 Major League and Negro League Ballparks by Philip J. Lowry.
- Lost Ballparks: A Celebration of Baseball's Legendary Fields by Lawrence S. Ritter.
- Roadside Baseball: A Guide to Baseball Shrines Across America by Chris Epting.
- The Story of America's Classic Ballparks (VHS).
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Huntington Avenue Grounds with Boston Storage Warehouse and Opera House courtesy of the Franklin Digital Collection.
Huntington Avenue Grounds during 1903 World Series by Munsey & Suppes.
Northeastern University and Cy Young statue © 1999 by David Munsey.
Updated November 2002
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