Fenway Park's Troubled Racial Past

Friday, May 18, 2012

Fenway Park, the Boston Red Sox’s storied ballpark, celebrated its 100th birthday late last month. And in honor of the centennial, moments in Red Sox history were remembered and relived, like the "Curse of the Bambino," the 86-year World Series drought, and the reversal of the Curse in 2004.

Today we're talking about one element of Fenway’s history that is rarely spoken of: its troubled racial past.

Phillip Martin, reporter for our partner WGBH, has been looking into this history and joins us. WGBH Radio will air Fenway stories on Fridays throughout the baseball season. Listen for accounts of history, innovation, behind-the-scenes and how the arts were influenced by America's oldest ballpark.



Phillip Martin

Produced by:

Marc Kilstein

Comments [2]


Fenway Park is a lot like Harvard Law School. Despite a troubled racial history, the Indians have been welcomed for years, even though they weren't real Native Americans at all.

May. 18 2012 04:10 PM
Steve Wax from Brooklyn, NY

I remember living in Boston in the mid '80's going to a bunch of Red Sox games, then sitting in the stands, looking around and wondering where all the people of color were. After hearing from native Bostonians that I must love living in Boston because I came from a very similar city, San Francisco, I took to reminding them that, although both towns were close to extraordinary beauty, Napa Valley, Cape Code, etc., the blatant segregation and conservative attitude of Boston's culture was the exact opposite of San Francisco's.

May. 18 2012 08:25 AM

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