Dr. Harvey Frommer

Jul 17, 2011|

"Remembering Fenway Park"

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We're just past the halfway mark for the baseball season with the all star break last week which gives me the opportunity to talk a little about baseball. On the WB in line line author doctor Harvey -- his latest effort remembering Fenway Park in oral and narrative history of the home of the Boston Red Sox. Harvey you've already published a similar book remembering Yankee Stadium wasn't a natural fit -- to do this latest project. All my life I've actually been the ultimate Yankee fan on the ultimate Yankee ER rider -- -- books about the Yankees and hundreds of oracle and used to write for the team. And I'm moved on a suggestion of the publisher -- remember recently talking -- now actually yeah anniversaries this week. The sixteen years -- and still living in new England and teaching you thought with college. And my watch you know really reflector. Kind of our team now that I basically converted sort -- you on the air people change religions. I changed by rooting interest many of my friends and that's fans that are they don't believe me but I really am now all proud member of rich -- nation. And that's interesting because as you well know the two clubs and their respective parks have been linked throughout history. Yankee Stadium was built up in the Bronx is you know and and fairway it was built in certain ways sections. Well Boston in 1912. Bridge deep into the middle of the city. And that's like an old time baseball hall. The hole. And accommodating. -- is Yankee Stadium. The view of -- group it. Which going to be impenetrable. Or humanize except for those. We're sitting in his ball off you complained and said. We appealed get a -- integrity was wrong about that. So which fortress Yankee Stadium versions kind of home town feel and -- all. The book is remembering Fenway Park on the WB and live line -- author Harvey -- -- There's a lot of discussion about same Boston owner Harry free easy he's of course a villain for trading away Babe Ruth for practically nothing. But he also started the tradition of -- seventh inning stretch and the singing of take me out to the ball game. Yeah he that was in show business personality. And he I have no idea that it would be a good idea that. So long to be sung as is ballpark and it wasn't -- Rebuild the all the time but whenever I guess he gets -- -- after page you are seeing it. But he did have that claim to fame. An -- have a client machine for the famous quote. Which did not endear him to Red Sox fans the best thing about owning of the New York from the Boston Red Sox. Is getting on trains and going to Manhattan I'm going to my apartment in pocket. For the book you interviewed well over 100 individuals what are some of the things that stood out the jeweler. There's Somalia facts that came about as a result of doing both -- -- real wolf little tidbits in terms of those facts. Like the great. Left handed pitcher building used to it is bailed -- to Fenway during the winter. And owner Tom yawkey -- usually still. Building -- National Geographic six. And then -- terrorists who would agree yen year Barbara Green and Red Sox star. During the forties and fifties. -- he explained to me. That's the Green monster. Would wasn't painted Green and its players used to refer to that as the iron monster before it was painted. And then there there's this story is the book shut dents and holes and that war. Because Ted Williams used to shoot pigeons in the Paul. And then whether real solutions tidbits like gotten when the Red -- -- on the road. Paul you'll see the owner and -- -- -- wife. They would often bring a blanket up to center fuel. And enjoy a picnic while listening to these games on their radios you can't be that. And I got a guy who is a clubhouse guy. And and he used to audit bureau of baseball's players. And he told me if you got a he has all of might not be yes. And one player -- no reason named this showed me how he signed his name and utility go on practice and went home. And for the next stage not dead people aren't working at it. For the book remembering Fenway Park how to accumulate all the stadium photos through the years that are inside. Some of the photos came from the Boston Red Sox I'm really indebted to them those photos. Some came from individuals. Well actually I interviewed as a great great shots in the book go. Called and -- gone to build a field corner and -- catch. And grainy photo and Axl Rose did not come from a professional came from a guy. I interviewed who took that shot. And mean and have the professional quality but it definitely has the artistic quality of flows wanted the book. I don't forget stuff from the traditional sources like any NDP is baseball hall of -- There are groups which -- photos. The Kindle -- a thousand words on forty years in to view these. And where is almost what counts of people quote it. You're beautiful coffee table book Michael at a coffee table ought -- -- muscles. Do you now with the Boston in New York books behind you have any plans for a follow up book -- along similar lines. Auto assembly on deck put it's such a competitive world. That I don't know -- -- you know it by hand I've played poker to. So leave it that that I have this my 41. Sports book and about life and I have done five oral -- as you know like teach -- that you do on the college along with my wife. And I should go -- books them around the -- people walked now and we have a few more irons in the fire you get so that. Very good our guest has been doctor Harvey from -- that book again -- remembering Fenway Park and oral and narrative history at the home of the Boston Red Sox.