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Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds

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Huntington Avenue American League Base Ball Grounds is the full name of a baseball stadium that formerly stood in Boston, Massachusetts.

At a glance...
Facility statistics
Location Huntington Ave /
Forsyth Street
Broke ground 1901
Opened May 8, 1901
Last game October 7, 1911
Demolished 1912
Replaced N/A (new AL franchise)
Replaced by Fenway Park
Owner Red Sox
Surface Grass
Construction cost $?
Red Sox (1901-1911)
Seating capacity
11,500 (1901)
Left Field - 350 ft
Left-Center - 440 ft
Center Field - 530 ft (1901), 625 ft (1908)
Right-Center - Unknown
Right Field - 280 ft (1901), 320 ft (1908)
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.

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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. Attendance: 28,040.

Photos by E. Chickering (top) and George R. Lawrence (bottom)

05/08/1901 Athletics 4, Americans (Red Sox) 12
Umpires John Haskell
Managers Jimmy Collins, Americans
  Connie Mack, Athletics
Starting Pitchers Cy Young, Americans
  Bill Bernhard, Philadelphia
Ceremonial Pitch General Arthur Dixwell
Attendance 11,500
Batter Jack Hayden (ground out)
Hit Dave Fultz (single)
Run Tommy Dowd
RBI Jimmy Collins
Single Dave Fultz
Double Jack Hayden
Triple Charlie Hemphill
Home Run Buck Freeman
Grand Slam Harry Davis (07/08/1902)
IPHR Buck Freeman
Stolen Base Jack Hayden, Charlie Hemphill
Sacrifice Hit Chick Stahl
Sacrifice Fly George McConnell (04/27/1909)
Cycle Herry Davis (07/10/1901)
Win Cy Young
Loss Bill Bernhard
Shutout Watty Lee (05/15/1901)
Save N/A
Hit by Pitch Nig Cuppy hit Doc Powers (05/09/1901)
Wild Pitch Chick Fraser (05/09/1901)
Balk Tom Hughes (07/10/1903)
No-Hitter Cy Young (05/05/1904) [perfect game]
Perfect Game Cy Young (05/05/1904)
Primary 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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General Stadium Reference:
Sports Staff of USA Today. The Complete 4 Sport Stadium Guide. Fodor's, 1996.

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Philip Bess. City Baseball Magic: Plain Talk and Uncommon Sense about Cities and Baseball Parks. Knothole Press, 1999.
Joanna Cagan and Neil deMause. Field of Schemes: How the Great Stadium Swindle Turns Public Money into Private Profit. Common Courage Press, 1998.
Mark S. Rosentraub. Major League Losers: The Real Cost of Sports and Who's Paying for It. HarperCollins, 1997.
Kevin J. Delaney, Rick Eckstein. Public Dollars, Private Stadiums: The Battle over Building Sports Stadiums. Rutgers University Press, 2004.
Roger G. Noll and Andrew Zimbalist. Sports, Jobs, and Taxes: The Economic Impact of Sports Teams and Stadiums. Brookings Institution, 1997.
Dean V. Baim. The Sports Stadium as a Municipal Investment. Greenwood Publishing, 1994.
Stadia: A Design and Development Guide by Geraint John and Rod Sheard. Architectural Press, 2000.
Michelle Provoost, Matthjis Bouw and Camiel Van Winkel. The Stadium: Architecture of Mass Sport. NAI Publishers, 2000.

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Huntington Avenue Base Ball Grounds in 1904.

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