From the archives | June 17 Joe Cronin homers his way in history books ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page National Baseball Hall of Fame The scene outside Fenway Park on its opening day, April 20, 1912. THE BOSTON Globe/FILE The crowd was packed in for this game in 1912. Duffy's Cliff in left field of Fenway Park’s original layout got its name from Duffy Lewis, the Red Sox left fielder in 1912. the boston Globe/File Red Sox pitcher Smokey Joe Wood warmed up amid a big crowd at Fenway Park in this 1912 game. the boston Globe/file Fans caught a peek of the 1912 World Series through holes in the Fenway Park exterior. Boston Public Library The Royal Rooters and police tangled during the 1912 World Series during a dispute over seating. the boston Globe/file Babe Ruth in action as a pitcher for the Red Sox in 1914. Fenway Park was packed when the Boston Braves borrowed the field to host the 1914 World Series against the Philadelphia A’s. the boston Globe/file Irish Republic leader Eamon De Valera spoke to a crowd of about 50,000 people at Fenway Park in 1919. National Baseball Hall of Fame A flag raising at Fenway Park in 1924. Red Sox trainer Bits Bierhalter stoked the hot stove in clubhouse at Fenway in 1928. Coleman Brothers Before the 1934 season, new Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey undertook a radical renovation of Fenway Park that resulted in the modern-day wall being constructed. the boston Globe/file Workers put a backstop up at Fenway Park on April 17, 1934. Boston Public Library The competitors raced toward a close play at first base during this game in 1934. Boston Public Library Babe Ruth fell to the ground after a close pitch during a Yankees-Red Sox game in 1934. the boston Globe/file A crowd gathered outside the park early on Aug. 12, 1937. the boston Globe/file The stands were packed for this game in August 1937. the boston Globe/file The grounds crew rolled out the tarp during a rainstorm in 1937. the boston Globe/file Frank Addeman and Roland Robinson cut the outfield grass in 1940. Associated press The Red Sox honored legendary pitcher Lefty Grove with a plaque on June 8, 1940. Associated Press Ted Williams, in his second year with the Red Sox, pitched two innings of a 12-1 loss to the Tigers on Aug. 24, 1940. the boston Globe/file Williams, left, and Johnny Pesky could only watch the Red Sox in action against the Yankees at Fenway Park on April 27, 1943. They had taken leave to serve as US Naval Aviation cadets. the boston Globe/file In 1944, Fenway Park hosted President Franklin D. Roosevelt in a rally days before his reelection. the boston Globe/file Fans lined up outside Fenway Park to get in for this July 17, 1946, game against the White Sox. Associated Press A capacity crowd packed into Fenway Park for the 1946 All-Star game. the boston Globe/file Three months later, crowds would fill the park again for the World Series against the Cardinals. the boston Globe/file Workers hung a sign announcing Game 4 of the 1946 World Series against the Cardinals. Associated Press The Red Sox unveiled the AL pennant, the team's first in 28 years, on April 15, 1947. Associated Press The lights turned on for the first time at a night game at Fenway Park on June 13, 1947. the boston Globe/file The bleachers were packed for this 1948 game. Associated Press Bobby Doerr hung out with his son, Donnie, 6, before the Indians-Red Sox one-game playoff on Oct. 4, 1948. Boston Public Library Ted Williams followed through on a home run in this 1948 game.