100 Years Of Fenway Park: The Wall, Some Great Ball And Brawls …

Posted April 9, 2012

By PAUL DOYLE, pdoyle@courant.com
The Hartford Courant

The first Big League game was played April 20, 1912, an 11-inning Red Sox victory over the New York Highlanders. On Friday, the former Highlanders are back for another game at Fenway Park as the Red Sox hold a 100th birthday party for the old building. The Red Sox and Yankees play at 3:05 p.m., just as they did on the same date at the same time on the same field 100 years ago. Both teams will wear replicas of the uniforms they wore for that first game. The Red Sox said all former players, coaches and managers whose whereabouts were known were invited.

A few details announced by Boston:

Ceremonies start at about 2 p.m. … Oscar-winning composer John Williams will conduct members of the Boston Pops in the debut of his new composition, “Fanfare for Fenway.” … Keith Lockhart will conduct members of the Boston Pops for the national anthem as well as “Hymn to New England,” also composed by Williams. … The details of the first pitch ceremony were not to be announced in advance. … At the conclusion of the anthem, the Air Force’s Heritage Flight team will fly in a four-ship formation flyover that will include two F-16s from Shaw Air Force Base and two World War II-era P-51 Mustangs. Military personnel from Hanscom Air Force Base will present the colors, which will be draped over the Green Monster.