'Fenway Park 100th Anniversary' Author to Speak at Old Sturbridge Village Nov. 8

'Fenway Park 100th Anniversary' Author to Speak at Old Sturbridge Village Nov. 8

Award-winning writer John Powers debuts OSV Distinguished Speakers Series

STURBRIDGE, Mass. (Oct. 25, 2012): Sportswriter John Powers, co-author of the 100th anniversary commemorative book, Fenway Park: The Coolest, Cruelest and Longest Running Major League Baseball Stadium in America, will speak in the Stephen M. Brewer Theater at Old Sturbridge Village on Thursday, Nov. 8, launching the Village's new Distinguished Speaker Series. Powers will meet the public at 6:00 p.m. and will give a presentation at 7:00 p.m. on the history of Fenway Park. Cost is $10 per person and includes baseball-themed snacks. A cash bar is also available. All proceeds will benefit the living history museum. For information and to register: www.osv.org; 508-347-0210. 

This definitive history of Fenway Park includes hundreds of rare photos, timelines of each Fenway decade, a four-page graphic foldout of the Green Monster left field wall, and even a poster-size blueprint of the park.  Powers and co-author Ron Driscoll have also included interesting historical tidbits about the fabled ball park: Why was the stadium built with such odd angles? So batters wouldn't be blinded by the setting sun. And why was the "Green Monster" built in the first place?  To keep freeloaders from sneaking a peak at the game.

Powers, a long-time sportswriter for the Boston Globe, also shared the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for a Globe magazine special on the nuclear arms race. He has covered sporting events on five continents and has written eight books, including Short Season (a Boston Celtics diary), One Goal (with Art Kaminsky, on the 1980 US Olympic hockey team), Yankees (with George Sullivan, a club history), Mary Lou (with Olympic gymnast Mary Lou Retton, an autobiography), Seasons to Remember (with Curt Gowdy, a memoir) and The Boston Dictionary and The Boston Handbook (humorous wordbook with illustrator Peter Wallace).

"As we mark the close of the 100th season of the Red Sox at Fenway Park, we are honored to have an award-wining writer like John Powers join us at the Village to launch our Distinguished Speaker Series," said Joan McGrath, an OSV overseer who organized the event. "We can't wait to hear anecdotes from his long and storied career."

Old Sturbridge Village celebrates life in early New England from 1790 – 1840. Located just off the Massachusetts Turnpike and Routes I-84 and 20 in Sturbridge, Mass., OSV is open year-round, but days and hours vary seasonally. The Village is open Wednesday – Sunday from 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Admission is: $24 for adults; $20 for seniors; $8 for children ages 3-17; children 2 and under are admitted free. Each admission includes free parking and a free second-day visit within 10 days. Woo Card subscribers get 25% of adult daytime admission; college Woo cardholders receive 50% off adult daytime admission. For details, visit www.osv.org or call 800-SEE-1830.

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