Field - 350 ft
Left-Center - 440 ft
Center Field - 530 ft (1901), 625 ft
Right-Center - Unknown
Right Field - 280 ft (1901), 320 ft
Backstop - 60 ft
Home to the Boston Red Sox (known simply as 'Boston', 'Boston
Americans' or the 'Boston Pilgrims' before 1908) from 1901-1911, the
stadium sat 11,500 (another 10,500 stood for the first game). The stadium
was located on old carnival grounds across the New York, New Haven and
Hartford Railroad tracks from the South
End Grounds, home of the Boston Braves.
The stadium was the site of the first World Series game in 1903 (with
the Pirates beating the Pilgrims - as the Red Sox were then known - 7-3),
and also saw the first perfect game in the modern era, thrown by Cy Young
on May 5, 1904.
The playing field was fairly large by modern standards. Sources say
that it was 350 ft. to left field, 440 ft. to left center field, 530 ft.
to center field in 1901 and 635 ft. to center field in 1908, and 280 ft.
to right field in 1901 and 320 ft. to right field in 1908. The field had
many quirks not seen in modern baseball stadiums, including patches of
sand in the outfield where grass would not grow, and a tool shed in deep
center field that was actually in play.
The Huntington Avenue Grounds was demolished after the Red Sox left at
the beginning of the 1912 season to play at Fenway
Park. Northeastern University, Boston now stands on the site and Tufts
Medical College is just behind where third base was. A plaque and a statue
of Cy Young commemorate the history of this ballpark.
to the site of Huntington Avenue Grounds!
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Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds!
Top: September 26,
1903, Boston vs. Chicago.
Bottom: Boston vs. New York, Oct 8, 1904,
American League Park, Huntington Avenue.
by E. Chickering (top) and George R.
at HUNTINGTON AVENUE BASEBALL GROUNDS
Athletics 4, Americans (Red Sox) 12
Jimmy Collins, Americans
Connie Mack, Athletics
Cy Young, Americans
Bill Bernhard, Philadelphia
General Arthur Dixwell
Jack Hayden (ground out)
Dave Fultz (single)
Harry Davis (07/08/1902)
Jack Hayden, Charlie Hemphill
George McConnell (04/27/1909)
Herry Davis (07/10/1901)
Watty Lee (05/15/1901)
Hit by Pitch
Nig Cuppy hit Doc Powers
Chick Fraser (05/09/1901)
Tom Hughes (07/10/1903)
Cy Young (05/05/1904) [perfect game]
Cy Young (05/05/1904)
research by Jim Herdman & David Vincent
Courtesy of Retrosheet.
The new park introduced a novelty to baseball. As the Boston Globe
reported the day after the first game, "A new feature in baseball was
the megaphone man, who announced the change of players and other
interesting facts that the crowd were anxious to learn."
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