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From the archives | 2008

John Updike hit it out of the park, too

It is well-known that author, poet, and critic John Updike identified Fenway Park as “a lyric little bandbox of a ballpark” in his celebrated 1960 New Yorker essay “Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu,” his first-person account of Ted Williams’s final game. But the description goes deeper than that.

“Everything is painted green and seems in curiously sharp focus, like the inside of an old-fashioned peeping-type Easter egg,” he tells us. “It was built in 1912 and rebuilt in 1934, and offers, as do most Boston artifacts, a compromise between Man’s Euclidean determinations and Nature’s beguiling irregularities.”

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