The following is an excerpt from "Fenway 1912" by Glenn Stout (published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011):
Finally, on the morning of April 20, after rain caused the first regularly scheduled American League game at Fenway Park to be cancelled due to rain on both April 18 and 19, dawn revealed baseball weather at last, the sun blazing and the sky a deep blue. The gates opened at noon and as soon as they did fans began to fill the stands. Today there would be no rain out. Fenway ...
To help commemorate Fenway Park's 100th anniversary, ESPNBoston.com commissioned a panel of experts to help rank the 100 Greatest Red Sox Players and the Top 100 Moments in Fenway Park History (to launch on April 19). Below is the list of panelists, along with their qualifications:
Glenn Stout: Has written, ghost-written or edited more than 80 books, including three about the Boston Red Sox: "Fenway 1912," "Red Sox Century" and "Impossible Dreams: A Red Sox Collection." Glenn has also served as series editor for the "Best American Sports Writing Series" since its inception in 1991.
Richard Johnson: He has served as curator of New England Sports Museum since 1982 and has co-authored nine books, including "Red Sox Century" and "A Century of Boston Sports." He has mounted countless exhibits at the museum, including "Fenway Park, From Duffy's Cliff to the Green Monster," and has consulted on many projects.
Pete Lincoln: A Red Sox fan who lives in Lunenburg, Mass., Lincoln has been one of the club's most ardent followers for more than 60 years. He attended his first game at Fenway in 1950 and has taken in a game there at least once every year since.
Gordon Edes: ESPNBoston.com Red Sox beat writer has covered major league baseball for more than 25 years and the Red Sox for nearly 15 years.
Jackie MacMullan: ESPNBoston.com columnist has spent more than 20 years as a beat writer and columnist in Boston. She was also the recipient of the Basketball Hall of Fame Curt Gowdy Media Award in 2010.
Joe McDonald: A native Rhode Islander, McDonald is a Bruins and Red Sox reporter for ESPNBoston.com. He has covered New England sports since 1992.
Jeremy Lundblad: A senior researcher for ESPN, Lundblad has provided statistical analysis on the Red Sox for ESPNBoston.com since 2010.
Peter Lawrence-Riddell: Managing editor for ESPNBoston.com, has followed Boston sports since the 1980s.
Steve Richards: Night editor for ESPNBoston.com, has worked as an editor in Boston sports media since 1986.