Start with text by Curt Smith, the former Presidential speechwriter, award-winning radio commentator, and acclaimed author of Voices of The Game and What Baseball Means To Me.
Add Bill Goff’s superb four-color lithographs, sprawling color and black and white photography, and essays by famed writers, broadcasters, and politicians, including George Bush, Doris Kearns Goodwin, John Updike, Peter Gammons, Ned Martin, Joe Castiglione, and A. Bartlett Giamatti.
The result is Our House: A Tribute to Fenway Park (Masters Press, 1999, 290 pages, $30.00), the definitive book about an American institution. Opened on April 20, 1912 – the week that the Titanic sank – the home of the Boston Red Sox is baseball’s oldest major-league park. Our House captures Fenway Park’s odd angles, intimate seats, and inviting Green Monster – its alchemy of look, sound, and feel.
Here is the story of Red Sox greats from Tris Speaker, Babe Ruth, and Smoky Joe Wood to Carl Yastrzemski, Roger Clemens, and Nomar Garciaparra. Here is the saga of the late Ted Williams, to whom Our House is dedicated: also, how the Red Sox became baseball’s first dynasty – only to become the sport’s greatest parable of what-if, how-close, what-might-have-been defeat before their first world title in 86 years.
Our House has three special features any baseball fan will love: archives of historic photographs, a panorama of contemporary photos taken before a game at “Baseball’s Basilica,” and a gallery of Goff’s stunning lithographs. An exhaustive appendix traces the Red Sox’ past from baseball’s first World Series (1903) to Mo Vaughn’s exile (1999). Reading this definitive work on the drama, history, and heartbreak of Fenway Park, even Yankees fans will grasp the Olde Towne Team’s massy, light and dark, bewitching and enduring pull.