America's Oldest Ballpark, Historical Firsts and The Book of Human History
From wheelchair accessible seats at America's oldest ballpark, I witnessed something that had never happened before.
On April 20, 1912, five days after the sinking of the RMS Titanic, fans gathered at Fenway Park for the very first time — there, they cheered on the Boston Red Sox in what was an extra innings win over the New York… Highlanders (who took the name Yankees one year later, in 1913).
Now regarded as “The Cathedral of Baseball,” Fenway is Major League Baseball’s oldest ballpark — besting the Chicago Cubs’ Wrigley Field by two years. Attending a game at Fenway is a dream for many, whether they follow baseball or not. Fenway’s atmosphere is unlike any other and, when my own team (the St. Louis Cardinals) came to town last weekend, I had to be there.
Although the century-old ballpark has some accessibility challenges, and many ADA seats have an obstructed view, there are some really GREAT accessible seats, such as in the left field box near the Green Monster (section 164). On Sunday night, as I sat there watching the Redbirds defeat the Sox for the third night in a row, I realized that I had witnessed a historic first in a baseball stadium that’s welcomed fans for more than a century.