In the first week of 1947, workers began to install seven light towers at Fenway Park that allowed the Red Sox to play night baseball at the ballpark for the first time in history. The left-field wall also underwent a dramatic change for the 1947 season when advertisements were removed from the wall and it was painted green to match the rest of the ballpark. Since then, the wall has taken on the name, the "Green Monster," and has become a defining feature of Fenway Park. On the field, the Red Sox followed their pennant-winning season of 1946 with an underwhelming third-place finish.

The Red Sox

Record: 83-71, 3rd in American League
Manager: Joseph E. Cronin
Attendance: 1,427,315

On Opening Day 1947, the Red Sox raised their 1946 American League Pennant but the 1947 Red Sox followed their World Series run of the previous year with a disappointing third place finish. However, although they finished 14 games behind the pennant-winning Yankees, the Red Sox did draw well and improved their attendance from the year before.

During the first week of 1947, workers began to install light towers at Fenway Park and on June 13, 1947, the Red Sox beat the White Sox, 5-3, in the first night baseball game at the ballpark.

Ted Williams found himself in the spotlight all season long as he won his second Triple Crown, leading the league in batting average (.343), home runs (32) and runs batted in (114).

The pitching staff, which had been superb in 1946, suffered a rash of arm and shoulder problems. Though Joe Dobson pitched well (18-8, 2.95 ERA), Boo Ferriss was mortal (12-11, 4.04 ERA). Tex Hughson sported a 3.33 ERA but, along with Earl Johnson who was back from the war, shared the same 12-11 record as Ferriss.

Despite winning the AL Triple Crown, Williams lost out on the MVP award to Joe DiMiaggio, who had a good season but trailed the Red Sox slugger in average (by 28 points), home runs (by 12), and RBIs (by 17).

In October 1947, Joe Cronin was named General Manager of the club, formalizing the increased role he had been asked to play after Eddie Collins had become seriously ill in late 1946.

Renovations

Fenway Park underwent a series of renovations throughout 1947. During the first week of January, workers began to install seven light towers that allowed for night baseball to be played at Fenway Park, which first occurred on June 13, 1947 when the Red Sox beat the White Sox, 5-3.

For the 1947 season, advertising was removed from the left-field wall and the wall was painted green to match the rest of the ballpark. It was the first time in Fenway Park's history that the wall was devoid of advertisements. Over time, the wall has taken on the nickname, the "Green Monster," and has become a defining characteristic of Fenway Park, as well as one of the most famous features of any sports venue.

On the grandstand roof, the club built a new press room behind the press box where members of the press could work and eat and in the fall, a scoreboard for football was installed above the concrete wall of the bleachers.

Non-Red Sox Baseball At Fenway Park

In 1947, Fenway Park hosted seven Eastern Massachusetts Interscholastic Baseball playoff games, including the semi-final round and championship game. Lynn Classical prevailed with a 7-6 victory over Newton High in the final on June 7. The ballpark also welcomed its first William Randolph Hearst Sandlot Tournament game in July, when an all-scholastic team calling themselves the Red Sox defeated a team dubbed the Indians, 6-5 (these squads were led by Joe Cronin and Lou Boudreau, respectively). This top amateur game, sponsored by the Boston newspaper group that comprised the Boston Record, Boston American and Boston Sunday Advertiser, would often take place at Fenway Park over the next few decades and feature several future Red Sox, including Billy Conigliaro, Tony Conigliaro, Russ Gibson, Art Graham, Bob Guindon, Skip Lockwood, Bill MacLeod, Mike Ryan and Wilbur Wood. These games often took place shortly after the conclusion of a Red Sox game and lasted six innings, with ticketed patrons able to stay and others able to file in free of charge.

1947 Non-Red Sox Baseball At Fenway Park
June 4Somerville High 5, Wayland High
June 4Newton High 7, Malden Catholic 6
June 5Lynn Classical 12, Boston College High 0
June 5Belmont High 9, Norwood High 4
June 6Newton High 8, Somerville High 0
June 6Lynn Classical 7, Belmont High 5
June 7Lynn Classical 7, Newton High 6
July 29William Randolph Hearst Sandlot Tournament: "Red Sox" 6, "Indians" 5

More Than a Ballpark™

Boston University kicked off the 1947 football season at Fenway Park with an under-the-lights victory over Mohawk College on September 27, the first football game under the ballpark's new light towers, which were installed that year. Two nights later, the Boston Yanks started their season and tied the New York Giants, 7-7. In 1947, BU went 4-1 at Fenway Park, while at the pro level, the Boston Yanks finished with a 2-3-1 record.

1947 Non-Baseball Events At Fenway Park
September 27Boston University 45, Mohawk College 7 (Football)
September 29Boston Yanks 7, New York Giants 7 (Football)
October 5Detroit Lions 21, Boston Yanks 7 (Football)
October 11Boston University 38, New York University 7 (Football)
October 12Pittsburgh Steelers 30, Boston Yanks 14 (Football)
October 18Purdue 62, Boston University 7 (Football)
November 1Boston University 26, Fordham 6 (Football)
November 2Chicago Bears 28, Boston Yanks 24 (Football)
November 15Boston University 33, Kings Point Merchant Marine 6 (Football)
November 22Boston University 20, Colgate 14 (Football)
November 23Boston Yanks 21, Philadelphia Eagles 14 (Football)
November 30Boston Yanks 27, Washington Redskins 24 (Football)

The 1946 World Series at Fenway Park (Credit: The Brearley Collection)