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Fenway Park Anniversary Marked While Red Sox on the Road

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A player throws in front of the Fenway Park scoreboard before a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, April 17, 2017, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

By    |   Friday, 21 Apr 2017 12:08 PM

Fenway Park marked its 105th anniversary Thursday while the Boston Red Sox played on the road against the Toronto Blue Jays.

On April 20, 1912, the Red Sox defeated the New York Highlanders, the early version of the New York Yankees, 7-6 in 11 innings, USA Today noted. The game was played in front of 27,000 fans at the then new ballpark.

WMUR-TV said the original date for Fenway's first game was April 17, but the contest was postponed because of rain.

"Fenway somehow survived two fires – one in 1926 and another in January 1934," noted USA Today writer Kevin Spain. "It was ready for the season opener in 1934 but had undergone a face-lift. A 37-foot sheet metal structure replaced the wooden left-field wall, and two years later, a 23-foot screen went on top of that wall.

"That wall was covered in ads until 1947, when it was painted over with green paint and became known as the Green Monster," he continued.

Red Sox officials recognized the anniversary with a couple of tweets and a video.

Visit Boston also added a vintage photo of the stadium under construction.

Currently, Fenway is the oldest ballpark in the Major Leagues, with two years on Chicago's Wrigley Field (1914), home of the world champion Chicago Cubs, according to Ball Park Digest.com.

Dodger Stadium was built in 1962, followed by Angel Stadium of Anaheim, which opened as simply Anaheim Stadium in1966, noted the website.

The Red Sox will not return to Fenway Park until April 25 to play the Yankees (of course).

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