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Fenway Park Tour, Opening Day (-Eve) 2009: Outfield bleachers, and Ted Williams' lone red seat

I like the abstractness to this one.


In the shadow at the right, look for the Lone Red Seat where Ted Williams hit his 500+ foot home run, and clocked a Yankees fan that was taking a nap at the time.


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This photo appeared on Universal Hub on 6 April 2009 :-)


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This photo appears (retroactively) on the web site for This American Life's piece Media Fringe from 12.06.1996.


I've always wanted to be on This American Life. I just didn't realize that I'd get on an NPR radio show with a photograph :-)


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The Lone Red Seat, seen from above and from across the ballpark.


Wikipedia: Fenway Park


Wikipedia: The Lone Red Seat:


The lone red seat in the right field bleachers (Section 42, Row 37, Seat 21), signifies the spot where the longest measurable home run ever hit inside Fenway Park's 1934 configuration landed. Ted Williams hit the home run on June 9, 1946 off Fred Hutchinson of the Detroit Tigers. Williams' bomb was officially measured at 502 feet (153 m)—well beyond "Williamsburg". According to Hit Tracker Online, the ball, if unobstructed, would have flown 520 to 535 feet.




What: Back in 1946, one of the greatest Red Sox players to ever put on the uniform accomplished a feat of mythic proportions. Ted Williams (that's his number 9 up on the balcony facade) launched a pitch 502 feet into the right field bleachers - the longest home run ever hit at Fenway Park. The seat was painted red and sits among a sea of green to commemorate the feat and give fans a very visible reminder of the greatness that has been on display at Fenway all these years.


Where: Section 42, Row 37, Seat 21


Interesting fact: The seat will run you $23 to take in a game.


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Taken on April 5, 2009