From the archives

Red Sox ban beer drinking in seats

Editor’s note: This story is from 1956 and is part of the Globe’s special section celebrating Fenway Park’s 100th anniversary.

Starting tonight, when the Red Sox play Washington, beer cannot be transported in Fenway Park.

The Red Sox management announced yesterday that beer no longer will be allowed in box seats, grandstands or bleachers, but must be drunk at or near the counters where it is bought.

The action was taken at the request of Mary Driscoll, chairman of the Boston Licensing Board, and was prompted by complaints from many fans.


This is not prohibition all over again. It is not a new Volstead Act, just a Brewstead Act No. 9.

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Beer-carriers should disappear from Fenway Park. Instead of one guy climbing over you with six beers for his friends, there will be six friends climbing over you with no beers.

Park police will be on the lookout for beer runners – men trying to snuggle beer to their seats through a cordon of cops and ushers. Rubber pockets are going to become popular among Boston baseball fans, fashion designers say.

Baseball-loving fans who have complained in recent seasons of noisy, profane and beer-guzzling neighbors will be able to spend a more pleasant evening at the park, it is hoped.

Anyone who wants a beer showerbath will have to take it at home. He can’t get it while sitting in his seat at Fenway Park.


The Red Sox could not have made a more valiant attempt to curb excessive beer traffic unless they had made the supreme sacrifice, and stopped selling the draught altogether.