Next week is Major League Baseball's opening of the 2012 season. The first game will be played in Florida on Wednesday, April 4. The Red Sox will play their first game on Thursday against the Tigers in Detroit. The first home game will be the following week, Friday, April 13 against the Tampa Bay Rays. The biggest season opening news is that Friday, April 20, marks the 100th birthday of Fenway Park! A celebration will be taking place that day at the game with the Sox's biggest rivals, the Yankees.
To make the celebration extra special, the great film music composer and Boston Pops conductor, John Williams, was commissioned to write the music for the day. His "Fanfare for Fenway" is the result. You can listen to a snippet of it here.
Need I tell you we have a large collection of Red Sox and Fenway Park books on our shelves? I didn't think so, however, we do have some new ones that you may not have seen including When the Red Sox Ruled: Baseball's First Dynasty, 1912-1918 by Thomas J. Whalen [796.357 WHA], which covers the period during which Fenway Park opened.