Name it and Fenway Park probable had seen it. From championship games to big fights, to hockey games, to historic feats, the iconic ballpark has housed them all. Below, we count down the 10 most memorable moments at Fenway Park.
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Top 10 Fenway Park Moments of All Time
10. The First Game
No one’s going to provide a live storytelling of what happened at Fenway Park on April 20, 1912 because it’s safe to say all of them are dead but the memories of that day will live on. After all, that was when the Boston Red Sox played their first game at the park. Aptly, their opponents then were the New York Highlanders—now the Yankees—who would become Boston’s fiercest nemesis.
9. The 2010 Winter Classic
When you think of Fenway Park, you think of baseball and the Boston Red Sox. But it’s not just the national pastime that has provided fireworks there. In 2010, the Boston Bruins brought hockey to the park, when the team had a showdown with the Philadelphia Flyers during the NHL’s Winter Classic. The Bruins didn’t disappoint Beantown, winning the game in overtime, 2-1-.
8. The Rocket K’s 20
Say what you want to say about Roger Clemens but the dude was a beast at the plate. Clemens was a strikeout machine and perhaps no game in his career would encapsulate his dominance more than that one at Fenway Park on April 29, 1986, when The Rocket fanned 20 Seattle batters. And because most folks decided to watch a playoff game at the Boston Garden that day, only 13,414 fans were able to witness Clemens’ historic feat live.
7. Red Sox win the 1967 pennant
For a long time, the Red Sox were a cursed team. Not until 2004 did the Red Sox won a World Series since 1918. For all the disappointments the club had during those years in between, there were also some moments worthy of keeping in the memory bank. Take for example the Red Sox’s win over the Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park on the last day of the 1967 regular season. Boston beat the Twins 5-3 but also needed the Detroit Tigers to win both of their double-header versus the California Angels. Detroit didn’t, paving the way for the Red Sox to clinch the pennant.
6. The melee of 2004
The Red Sox and the Yankees are known to hate each other’s guts so it’s just normal for fans to see both teams engaging in a fight from time to time. And one of the most memorable was the brawl that occurred in a July game in 2004 that perhaps is best remembered for Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek and Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez brawling.
5. Bucky Dent gets a new middle name
Hardcore Red Sox fans remember Bucky Dent as that little SOB Yankee that hit a home run during a 1978 divisional tie-breaker game with New York, a three-run blast that gave Boston’s top rival a 3-2 lead. The Yankees went on to win the game, 5-4. The Red Sox has won three World Series titles since, but Bucky “Effin” Dent’s homer sure still stings for Red Sox diehards.
4. The 1999 All-Star Game
Major League Baseball named its All-Century team just before the 1999 All-Star Game, rolling the red carpet to some of the greatest players but no star was bigger that day than the 80-year-old legend Ted Williams, who was ushered into the field. The sight of Williams being mobbed by past legends and current stars of the game was a nerve-tingling sight for everyone who witnessed the scene.
3. Ted Williams rides a home run into the sunset
Ted Williams sure know how to exit like a legend. In the Splendid Splinter’s final career at-bat in 1960, Williams knocked a ball out of the park in front of a cheering home crowd. It was the 521st of William’s career.
2. Dave Roberts and Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS
Boston was on the verge of getting swept by the Yankees in Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS, as the Red Sox were down 0-3 in the series. In the bottom of the ninth inning, the Red Sox were behind a run. That’s when the miracle began to unfold. Dave Roberts, who was sent in the game as pinch runner, stole second before Bull Mueller hit a single to drive Roberts for the game-tying run. David Ortiz capped the night a two-run homer. That was the start of the Red Sox’s miraculous comeback series win.
1. Carlton Fisk sends it home
Is there a more iconic image at Fenway Park than Carlton Fisk waving his arms, willing desperately for his hit ball to stay fair? It happened in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series with the match tied 6-6 in the bottom of the 12th inning. Fisk took to the plate and sent a ball to the left field, barely avoiding foul territory.
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