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    KENMORE SQUARE, FENWAY PARK AREA, 1950-59. Leslie Jones Collection, BPL Print Department. 

    Fenway Park's unique layout reflects the asymmetrical parcel upon which it was built.This aerial shot shows the park’s shortened left field, the Fenway/Kenmore neighborhood, and the Charles River. 

    Kenmore Square, Fenway Park area
    • Date
    • 1950/1959
    • Creator
    • Jones, Leslie, 1886-1967
    • Description
    • Fenway Park is in the center of the image. The field is lined for football.
    • Rights
    • Copyright © Leslie Jones.; This work is licensed for use under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives License.
    • Partner
    • Boston Public Library; Digital Commmonwealth
    • Contributing Institution
    • Boston Public Library
    • Is Part Of
    • Leslie Jones Collection; Boston: General Views; Print Department

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    CROWD RINGS FIELD, OPENING DAY AT FENWAY, 1934. Leslie Jones Collection, BPL Print Department. 

    Although thousands of seats have been added to the park in recent years, Fenway’s capacity was larger in its early days, when fans were allowed to sit and stand along the warning track.

    Crowd rings field, opening day at Fenway
    • Date
    • 1934
    • Creator
    • Jones, Leslie, 1886-1967
    • Description
    • Overflow crowd sitting on field in front of centerfield grandstand area at Fenway Park.
    • Rights
    • Copyright Leslie Jones; This work is licensed for use under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives License.
    • Partner
    • Boston Public Library; Digital Commonwealth
    • Contributing Institution
    • Boston Public Library
    • Is Part Of
    • Leslie Jones Collection

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    FENWAY PARK FIRE, 1934. Leslie Jones Collection, BPL Print Department. 

    Much of Fenway Park had to be rebuilt following a devastating fire that reached nearly every part of the ballpark in January 1934.

    Fenway Park fire
    • Date
    • 1/5/34
    • Creator
    • Jones, Leslie, 1886-1967
    • Description
    • Fire trucks battling the off-season fire in left field corner grandstand of Fenway Park.
    • Rights
    • Copyright © Leslie Jones.; This work is licensed for use under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives License.
    • Partner
    • Boston Public Library; Digital Commmonwealth
    • Contributing Institution
    • Boston Public Library
    • Is Part Of
    • Leslie Jones Collection; Sports: Identified [Baseball]; Print Department

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    BAND ON FIELD, OPENING DAY AT FENWAY, 1963. Leslie Jones Collection, BPL Print Department.  

    A band plays on Opening Day in 1963, with the Prudential Tower under construction in the distance. As the city of Boston has changed around it, Fenway Park has endured. 

    Band on field, Opening Day at Fenway
    • Date
    • 4/16/63
    • Creator
    • Jones, Leslie, 1886-1967
    • Description
    • Harvard University Band performs in shallow centerfield at Fenway Park. Prudential Building under construction in background.
    • Rights
    • Copyright © Leslie Jones.; This work is licensed for use under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives License.
    • Partner
    • Boston Public Library; Digital Commmonwealth
    • Contributing Institution
    • Boston Public Library
    • Is Part Of
    • Leslie Jones Collection; Sports: Identified; Print Department

A century ago, one of the most storied venues in sports history opened its gates, welcoming fans to Fenway Park. The baseball stadium that John Updike famously called “a lyric little bandbox” in 1960 has evolved since its first season in 1912, but its allure has persisted for generations of ever-faithful fans.

The oldest major league stadium still in use, Fenway Park has undergone a series of major renovations during the past century, yet stepping through its gates today still feels like stepping back in time.