Huntington Avenue Grounds

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Huntington Avenue American League Base Ball Grounds
Huntington Avenue Grounds
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Location Boston, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°20′20″N 71°5′20″W / 42.33889°N 71.08889°W / 42.33889; -71.08889Coordinates: 42°20′20″N 71°5′20″W / 42.33889°N 71.08889°W / 42.33889; -71.08889
Owner Boston Red Sox
Capacity 11,500
Field size Left Field - 350 ft
Left-Center - 440 ft
Center Field - 530 ft (1901), 635 ft (1908)
Right Field - 280 ft (1901), 320 ft (1908)
Backstop - 60 ft
Construction
Broke ground March 9, 1901
Opened May 8, 1901
Closed After 1911 season
Demolished 1912
Tenants
Boston Red Sox (MLB) (1901-1911)

Huntington Avenue American League Base Ball Grounds is the full name of the baseball stadium that formerly stood in Boston, Massachusetts, and was the first home field for the Boston Red Sox (known informally as the 'Boston Americans' until 1908) from 1901-1911. The stadium, built for $35,000, was located across the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad tracks from the South End Grounds, home of the Boston Braves.

The grounds during a game. Note building from which the famous 1903 "bird's-eye" photo was taken (see the infobox to the right for the picture).

The stadium was the site of the first World Series game between the modern American and National leagues in 1903, and also saw the first perfect game in the modern era, thrown by Cy Young on May 5, 1904. The playing field was built on a former circus lot and was fairly large by modern standards-530 feet to center field, later expanded to 635 feet in 1908. It had many quirks not seen in modern baseball stadiums, including patches of sand in the outfield where grass would not grow, and a tool shed in deep center field that was actually in play.

The Huntington Avenue Grounds was demolished after the Red Sox left at the beginning of the 1912 season to play at Fenway Park. The Cabot Center, an indoor athletic venue belonging to Northeastern University, now stands on Huntington Grounds footprint. A plaque and a statue of Cy Young was erected in 1993 where the pitchers mound used to be, commemorating the history of this ballpark in what is now called World Series Way. Meanwhile, a plaque on the side of the Cabot Center (1956) marks the former location of the left field foul pole. Also, The World Series Exhibit Room in Cabot Physical Education Center is devoted to mementos of the 1901-1911 Red Sox era.

The Cabot facility itself is barely over a quarter-mile away to the southwest from another, still-standing Boston area sports facility of that era, Matthews Arena (built in 1910), the original home of the NHL's Boston Bruins when they started play in 1924.

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Preceded by
first stadium
Home of the Boston Red Sox
1901 - 1911
Succeeded by
Fenway Park