COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - It’s a celebration 100 years in the making, and it’s the newest exhibit at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
The Hall of Fame cut the ribbon on FENtennial: Fenway Park’s First 100 Years on Tuesday, ushering in a year-long celebration of Boston’s Fenway Park. The exhibit, featuring almost four dozen artifacts and located on the Museum’s second floor, captures the magic of the big leagues’ oldest stadium.
“FENtennial explores the history of Fenway Park and how this beloved American ball yard has served as a connecting point for generations of fans,” said Jeff Idelson, President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. “This exhibit will bring forward countless memories for all baseball fans as we pay tribute to one of the National Pastime’s great cathedrals.”
FENtennial features artifacts like Carl Yastrzemski’s bat from his 3,000th hit, Ted Williams’ 1960 home jersey and Carlton Fisk’s Game 6 bat from the 1975 World Series – which is on exhibit for the first time anywhere. As part of the exhibit, visitors will be able to share their memories of Fenway Park at the Museum in Cooperstown or at baseballhall.org – with the responses added to the Hall of Fame’s archive.
Visitors to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum with a Fenway Park ticket stub from the 2012 season will receive a free copy of the Hall of Fame’s Memories and Dreams Salute to Fenway Park, a 48-page color commemorative magazine at Cooperstown’s look at 100 years of Boston’s sacred ground. Limit one copy per ticket stub and while supplies last. The centennial commemorative includes original insight from Hall of Fame members about their experiences at Fenway Park, as well as historical photographs, insightful commentary and unique artifacts from the Museum’s collections.
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