The Red Sox are one of the most famous and the team has played thousands of games in their astonishing 110 seasons. A franchise as old as the Red Sox is steeped in a rich history, and there are so many interesting facts that even their most avid supporters don’t know about. But, before we get started, if you’d like some entertainment in your free time, try clicking here.
The original Green Monster used to be covered in Advertisements
That’s right, all the way back in 1947, the green wall at Fenway Park, America’s most beloved baseball park and home to the Red Sox was actually covered in advertisements. The wall at Fenway Park is the tall in all of baseball and comes in at a whopping 37 feet high, so it’s no surprise it’s nicknamed the Green Monster. The ‘Green’ part of the name comes from when in 1974 the Monster wall received a make-over in the form of a lick of Fen Green paint AKA Monster Green.
The Yawkeys left a Morse code message on the Green Monster
The The Yawkey brothers absolutely loved the Red Sox and left their mark at the stadium that captured their hearts. If you look closely you will see a series of broken lines at the vertical white stripe between the letter E and letter P and the parallel stipe under the letter N in American League. This message is Morse code and spells out Thomas A. Yawkey and Jean R. Yawkey’s initial’s TAY & JRY. Although they only held onto the team until 1992, their legacy will live on in the stadium for as long as the Green Monster stands.
There was a 10-foot inclined slope which used to occupy the field
Overtime, landscapes change and renovations to make improvements to game play are necessary, which is exactly what happened to the 10-food inclined slope which used to occupy the field between 1912 and 1934. Tom Yawkey undertook a huge renovation project to transform Fenway Park and this included flattening the incline which was known as Duffy’s Cliff. It was famously named Duffy’s Cliff after the renowned left Fielder Duffy Lewis who was well known for clambering up the cliff to catch fly balls.
The Wave was born at the Fenway Park stadium
This one may raise a few eyebrows, as not everyone believes this, but the famous ‘Wave’ which is extremely popular amongst crowds at myriad of sporting events actually came about by chance due to the tight layout of the seating at Fenway Park. The fans at Fenway Park swear by this story and claim that the waves origins are due to the tightly arranged seats behind the home plate at Fenway Park. They claim that whenever a fan had to get up, either to go for another beer or to celebrate winning a game at Barbados Bingo (although I’m not sure they had online bingo back in those days) everyone else had to follow suit and get up too. Apparently, this caused a domino effect which rippled around the stadium. That one is a bit of a wild ball, but Fenway Park fans swear by this story!