This poster features accurate illustrations of the four ballparks used for professional baseball in Boston, three from the past and one from the present. The city's first pro ballpark, South End Grounds, is shown in its original double-decked Victorian splendor. Huntington Avenue Grounds, the original home of the Red Sox, is displayed hosting the first ever World Series game, which was played between Boston and Pittsburgh on October 1, 1903. Braves Field is shown during its heyday. The Red Sox played their home World Series games there in 1915 and 1916. Fenway Park is pictured as how it was originally built, with an incline in left leading up to the Green Monster, which was filled with ads before it was painted green.
Historic Ballparks - Boston
(poster size: 12" x 36")
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Each of the four ballparks contains a caption beneath them about their history. This is what those captions say:
SOUTH END GROUNDS
The double decked version shown above was known as the Grand Pavilion and lasted only 6 years before being destroyed by fire. It was underinsured, so when it was rebuilt it became a much simpler single deck ballpark that lacked the Victorian frills of its predecessor.
HUNTINGTON AVENUE GROUNDS
Located just across the railroad tracks from the South End Grounds, it was the site of the very first World's Series game on October 1, 1903. It featured the deepest center field ever, estimated to be 635 feet!
The last (and largest) of eleven big league ballparks built between 1909 and 1915, it sat 40,000. The bleachers in right field were known as the "jury box" because a sportswriter noted one day that exactly 12 people were sitting in it.
Early Fenway featured Duffy's cliff, a ten foot incline named after Duffy Lewis who patrolled left field in the early days of the park. The modern era's Green Monster was created in 1934 when the embankment was leveled and a taller wall replaced the existing one. Originally filled with advertisements, it went green in 1947.
The author of the informative captions and illustrator of Boston's ballparks is Jeff Suntala, a noted stadium artist and baseball fan based out of Ohio. He has combined his two passions to produce this poster, which spans 137 years of Boston's baseball history and is a must have for any serious Boston baseball fan.