Huntington Avenue Grounds

Boston, MA

Team: Boston Red Sox Capacity: 11,500
Opening Day: May 8, 1901 Closing Day: October 7, 1911
Dimensions: LF 440, CF 635, RF 280 Surface: grass


Globe File Photo

Memorable Moments:

The Huntington Avenue Grounds, built across the railroad tracks from the Boston Brave's South End Grounds, had several characteristics that made it stand out from the pack. It was built on a circus lot and had patches of dirt in the outfield where grass would not grow. However, this grass was transported to Fenway Park. With a centerfield of 635 feet it is the deepest field in baseball. The tool shed out there was in play.


Plaque unveiled in 1956 at the site of the left field foul line.

In 1993 a statue of Cy Young was placed where the pitcher's mound used to be.

(From Above)
CY YOUNG
AT THIS SITE IN OCTOBER 1903
BASEBALL'S WINNINGEST PITCH LED BOSTON
TO VICTORY IN THE FIRST WORLD SERIES
Photo by Joe Holleman

I have read that there is an exhibit in Northeastern University's Cabot Physical Education Center (located at the site of this park) that showcases the early Boston Red Sox. Although this may have been true at one time, it is not there now.

(From Above)
THE FIRST WORLD SERIES
ON OCTOBER 1, 1903, THE FIRST MODERN WORLD SERIES BETWEEN THE AMERICAN LEAGUE CHAMPION BOSTON PILGRAMS (LATER KNOWN AS RED SOX) AND THE NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPION PITTSBURGH PIRATES WAS PLAYED ON THIS SITE. GENERAL ADMISION TICKETS WERE FIFTY CENTS. THE PILGRIMS LED BY TWENTY EIGHT GAME WINNER CY YOUNG TRAILED THE SERIES THREE GAMES TO ONE BUT THEN SWEPT FOUR CONSECUTIVE VICTORIES TO WITN THE CHAMPIONSHIP FIVE GAMES TO THREE. HOME PLATE SAT AT THIS LOCATION WITH THE LEFT FIELD FENCE ALONG THE HUNTINGTON AVENUE SIDEWALK.

2001-16 Paul Healey. Map photograph courtesy of Andrew Landry.