The Red Sox finished in last place in 1922, beginning a stretch of 11 years in which the team finished last all but twice. However, Fenway Park continued to host crowds at a variety of events including a third straight Columbus Day football doubleheader, high school baseball, an annual war memorial service and a meeting held by the Irish Republican Army in May.

The Red Sox

Record: 61-93, 8th in American League
Manager: Hugh Duffy
Attendance: 259,184

The Red Sox plunged to the cellar in 1922, finishing in eighth place with a 61-93 record. Hugh Duffy returned as manager and ran out a staff whose best pitcher (measured by earned run average) was 38-year-old Jack Quinn. But even Quinn couldn't break even and went 13-16. Rip Collins led the club in wins with 14 and was the only pitcher on the team with a winning record. Both Quinn and Collins had come from the Yankees in the trade for veterans Sam Jones, Everett Scott, and Joe Bush. Another trade between the two teams in late July, which many saw as a boost to New York in the pennant race, prompted Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis to institute a June 15 trading deadline.

Boston's .263 batting average was the lowest in the American League, as was the club's on-base and slugging percentage. The team's ERA wasn't quite as bad - only sixth-worst - but the defense did the staff no favors, finishing with the lowest fielding percentage in the AL. First baseman George Burns hit 12 homers, twice as many as anyone else on the team, while his .306 batting average placed him second only to outfielder Joe Harris. Burns, Harris, and reserve outfielder Elmer Smith had come to the team in a Christmas Eve 1921 trade with Cleveland, for Stuffy McInnis.

After their first 25 games, the Red Sox found themselves in third place but by Memorial Day they were in eighth and rarely saw daylight again. Though the season was a forgettable one, there was a notable benefit game between the Red Sox and a team of All-American stars played at Fenway Park on August 14. Proceeds from the game went to the family of the late Boston Braves outfielder Tommy McCarthy. Lizzie Murphy, who played in the benefit, became the first woman to appear in a baseball game at Fenway Park.

Renovations

In 1922, the distance to center field was first recorded. Dead center field was measured as 488 feet from home, with the deepest part of the ballpark measured at 550 feet to just right of dead center.

Non-Red Sox Baseball At Fenway Park

Fenway Park hosted just one non-Red Sox baseball game in 1922 with English High defeating High School of Commerce, 2-1.

1922 Non-Red Sox Baseball At Fenway Park
June 13English High 2, High School of Commerce 1

More Than a Ballpark™

In May 1922, the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Spanish War Veterans organized a memorial service at Fenway Park. That same day, the ballpark added another chapter to its political history, when the Irish Republican Army held a meeting there. Countess Constance Georgine Markiewicz, an Irish revolutionary and key figure in the 1916 Easter Rising, delivered a speech to the assembled crowd as part of the event. Fenway Park also hosted a few football games in 1922, including another Columbus Day doubleheader.

1922 Non-Baseball Events At Fenway Park
May 28War Memorial Service*
May 28Irish Republican Army Meeting and Speech by Countess Markiewicz
October 12Boston English 0, BC High 0 (Football)
October 12Dorchester High 18, Mechanics Arts 0 (Football)
November 25Dartmouth 7, Brown 0 (Football)
November 30Pere Marquette Council, Knights of Columbus 7, Fitton A. C. of East Boston 0 (Football)
December 10USS Delaware 27, USS Relief 0 (North Atlantic Fleet Football Championship)

*Started in the 1910s, a late May memorial service coinciding with the Memorial Day weekend was often held at Fenway Park through the mid-20th Century.


October 12, 1922
 1922 Columbus Day Football Doubleheader
 at Fenway Park

In what was fast becoming a Columbus Day tradition, Fenway Park played host to a high school football doubleheader in 1922. Boston English and Boston College High School ended up in a scoreless tie, while Dorchester High posted three second-half touchdowns to defeat their cross-town rival Mechanics Arts High. Both games were played in the morning as preludes to a heralded afternoon game between Boston College and Fordham at Braves Field.

Fenway Park In 1929 (Credit: Leslie Jones/Boston Public Library)