FENWAY PARK: THE CENTENNIAL: 100 Years of Red Sox Baseball, by Saul Wisnia is more of a family album, full of pictures and recollections from generations of fans. The author, who has written for publications such as Sports Illustrated, Boston Magazine, The Boston Herald and The Boston Globe, has put together a succinct yet affectionate look at the cozy neighborhood and national treasure.
The book does, however, concentrate on the team’s history, rather than the ballpark itself, as it recalls their successes when they still had the services of one George Herman Ruth before falling into a lull until Ted Williams and his cohorts came along. Then it was back to the roller coaster with its ups and downs until the Sox became a fixture of contention over the past decade or so.
A DVD, narrated by Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk, who has some firsthand experiences with the magic of Fenway, enhances the “multi-media” experience, although it’s pretty standard for the genre.
Reviewed by Ron Kaplan on October 28, 2011