“1965. At Fenway Park in front of only 1,247 fans, Boston right-hander Dave Morehead no-hits the visiting Indians 2-1. On the same day, the 100 loss bound ninth place Red Sox fire their GM, Pinky Higgins.”
I found this statistic fascinating! This day in history, 1965, your couldn’t GIVE away tickets to watch the Red Sox play at Fenway. Only 1,247 showed up for the game! Wow! Times have changed and so has baseball. I was in Boston in June and talked with a cabbie there, exuberant about the fact I got to see the game that day. It’s hard to get tickets to a game at Fenway Park these days. On June 17, 2009, Red Sox fans were celebrating their 500th consecutive sellout at Fenway Park! And this is a park with 33,871 night time seating capacity that had an average attendance of 37,811 in 2009! Go figure.
But on September 16, 1965, seating capacity for Fenway Park was 33,524. Imagine going to a professional baseball game and you’re one of 1,247 fans. That means there are 32,277 empty seats. Whew! You could even hear yourself holler, if there was anything to holler about. I mean that season they ended up losing 100 games.
It’s different now. If you’ve ever been to Fenway you’ll get this. Once you get nestled into your wood seat you don’t
dare move. This is a small stadium and I’d estimate maybe 12,000 fans are mulling through the concessions stands and restrooms at any given time. So once you leave your seat, figure about 45 minutes before you’ll get back again. Best advice……do all your stuff before you sit! So right now, today, Boston’s in 3rd place in their division, up and down this year. But it really doesn’t matter. Boston Red Sox fans are no longer fair weather fans. They’ve had winning seasons and losing seasons since 1965 . Not to worry. They manage to sell those seats game after game, year after year. And it’s one of the best stadiums in Major League Baseball! I love Fenway Park. I love the fans, the food, the team.
Where’d the fans go? They went right back to the park and that’s where they’ve been ever since, God love em!
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