Fenway Park Field

August 11, 1997

One of the main reasons – perhaps the most important – behind the sale of the Red Sox in 2002 was Yawkey Trust chief John Harrington’s inability to find city or state support for his proposal to build a new Fenway Park.

On this date, Harrington told governmental leaders that the 1912 model (with a major renovation in 1934) was financially burdensome with too few revenue streams and was about to fall down with massive structural problems.

Those weren’t his actual words, but they are in the ballpark, so to speak.

Harrington was all over the map as to where his new park would be built. On this particular day, he aimed for South Boston.

Of course, none of this came close to happening.

After buying the team before the 2002 season, John Henry and his ownership group undertook the major overhaul, executed over the course of several winters, that made Fenway what it is today.

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