Advance Praise for 'Fenway 1912''This is a book for anyone who cares about the storied Boston Red Sox, about their one-hundred-year-old bandbox of a stadium, about the remarkable championship season of 1912, about the street-level history of Boston, and about why baseball will forever be the all-American pastime. This is a book for all of us.' - Larry Tye, author of 'SATCHEL: The Life and Times of an American Legend' 'Glenn Stout has done the impossible: he has put an end to the seemingly bottomless genre that is Fenway Park books. We now need no more. We get not pomp and circumstance, but the bones and blueprint of a legendary ballpark - topped with a star-filled World Series that still endures. He doesn't pretend history is straw hats and cigars, but gives you real people, real baseball, and (the best part) real Boston, the way any real writer should.' - Howard Bryant, ESPN, and author of 'The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron' 'In the capable hands of Stout, it promises to make all other books about Fenway's construction and first season obsolete.' - Sport.com 'After one hundred years, each time you walk up the ramp from beneath the stands and out toward that sea of sunlit grass, Fenway Park remains the most special kind of place there is, a place that can still change your life.' In anticipation of the one hundredth anniversary of America's most beloved ballpark, the untold story of how Fenway Park came to be and its remarkable first season. 1912 was a leap year, the year the Titanic sank, and it was also the year baseball's original shrine, the one and only Fenway Park, was born. While the paint was still drying, the infield grass still coming in, the Red Sox embarked on an unlikely season that culminated in a World Series battle against the Giants that stands as one of the greatest ever played. 'Fenway 1912' tells the incredible story of Fenway, from the unorthodox blueprint that underlies the park's notorious quirks, to the long winter when locals poured concrete and erected history, to the notorious fixers who then ruled the game, to the ragtag team who delivered a world championship, Fenway's first. For all that has been written in tribute to the great Fenway Park, no one has ever really told the behind-the-scenes true story of its tumultuous yet glorious first year. Drawing on extensive new research, the esteemed baseball historian Glenn Stout delivers an extraordinary tale of innovation, desperation, and perspiration - capturing Fenway as never before. Winner of the 2011 Seymour Medal from the Society for American Baseball Research, for the best book of baseball history or biography 'An irresistible look back on Fenway Park's first season, not just for Sox fans . . . a great choice for anyone who enjoys a dip into baseball history at its best.' 'Huffington Post' Even people who aren t fans of baseball know Fenway Park. More than just a ballpark, it is a part of American culture, and has been for nearly one hundred years. In 'Fenway 1912,' Glenn Stout tells the remarkable story of Fenway s first year, from the long winter when locals poured concrete and built the park to the ragtag Red Sox team that embarked on a journey to the World Series while the paint was still drying and the grass still coming in. Stout tells the stories behind the park s notorious quirks like the Green Monster, and of the designers, builders, managers, and players who made Fenway s first year unforgettable. For all that has been written in tribute to the great Fenway Park, no one has ever really told the behind-the-scenes true story. Drawing on extensive new research, the esteemed baseball historian Glenn Stout delivers an extraordinary tale of innovation, desperation, and perspiration capturing Fenway as never before. ''Fenway 1912' reads like a novel, detailing the trials and tribulations of the quaint ballpark and the team itself Stout has made a great story out of history. 'Baseball America' 'Stout's vivid writing and extraordinary research make the journey worthwhile in so many ways . . . you will likely feel as if you were in the creaky grandstand yourself.' 'Boston Globe''