Anatomy of a Ballpark

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It’s been called a shrine, for that worship at the altar of America’s game, but the best description of that ten acre plot tucked in the heart of Boston comes from the writer, John Updike. “A little lyrical bandbox of a ballpark,” he says of Fenway, “a compromise between man’s Euclidean determinations and nature’s beguiling irregularities.”

Built in 1912, Fenway Park is the oldest Major League
ballpark in America still in operation; site of some of the most fiercely fought contests in baseball history. And while some measure the feng shui of Fenway in feet and inches and angles, there’s also the case that what makes any park a success is impossible to measure.


Janet Marie Smith, architect who designed Camden Yards and is redesigning Fenway Park

Doris Kearns Goodwin historian and official member of Red Sox Nation

Bill “The Spaceman” Lee, former pitcher for the Red Sox