5 Things You Didn’t Know About Fenway Park

October 20, 2013 8:59 AM
5 Things You Didn’t Know About Fenway Park
" A couple million fans flock to Fenway Park each and every year to see the Red Sox play. But with a landmark like this ballpark, the walls hold many secrets. Here are just five of the many things you didn’t know about Fenway Park.

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1. Used To Be A Dump

It cost $650,000 to build in Fenway Park in 1912. In comparison, John Henry and Co. have spent $140 million since 2002 to upgrade the facilities and add a few thousand seats, transforming the old ballpark into a much more fan-friendly venue. Oh, and in reference to the sub-headline, the ballpark was built on top of an old dump.

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2. The Cliff Monster

Until 1933, there was a 10-foot incline in front of the then 25-foot wall in left field wall at Fenway Park, known as “Duffy’s Cliff.” It was named after outfielder Duffy Lewis, who mastered the 15-degree incline. “Duffy’s Cliff” served two purposes: It was a support for the wall in left, and was to compensate for the difference in grades between the field and Lansdowne Street "

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