Sports Temples of Boston: Sports Temples of Boston: Images of Historic Ballparks, Arenas, and Statiums 1872-1972

Huntington Avenue Grounds

Photographer: Bond, E.E. (Edmunds E.), 1871-1969

Roxbury, Massachusetts
ca. 1905

Located across the railroad tracks from the Boston Braves’ South End Grounds, the Huntington Avenue Grounds opened on May 8, 1901 and was the home field for the Boston Pilgrims (later known as the Boston Red Sox). The park had a huge playing field with a 635-foot deep center field, a 440-foot left field, and a 280-foot right field.

The Huntington Avenue Grounds was built to hold 11,500 spectators but often exceeded that number. It was estimated that 15,000 fans watched Baltimore defeat the Boston Pilgrims on April 19, 1902 at the American League opening day game.

The field was the site of the first American League versus National League World Series game on October 1, 1903 between the Boston Pilgrims and the Pittsburgh Pirates. To accommodate the huge crowd during one of the World’s Series games, fans were allowed in the outfield and any ball hit into the crowd was considered a “ground rules” double. The field is also known for its connection to Cy Young, the indomitable pitcher for the Boston Pilgrims, who threw the first perfect game in the park on May 5, 1904.

In the 1950s, the field was purchased by Northeastern University, but several plaques have been placed on the site commemorating its importance in Boston's sports history. In 1993, a statue of Cy Young was placed where the pitchers mound was once located.

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Jimmy Collins of the Red Sox at the Huntington Avenue Grounds

1. Jimmy Collins of the Red Sox at the Huntington Avenue Grounds

Image number: 05_02_010622
Photographer: Bond, E.E. (Edmunds E.), 1871-1969
Roxbury, Massachusetts (ca. 1905)

Collins, wearing dress shoes, cooperates with the photographer in a posed "action" shot. Collins, holding ball, jumps off the bag while another player poses as if diving to bag. Although Collins was a third baseman, posed shot appears to be at second ba

Aerial view of new construction at Northeastern University on site of old Huntington Avenue Grounds

2. Aerial view of new construction at Northeastern University on site of old Huntington Avenue Grounds

Image number: 05_02_010882
Roxbury, Massachusetts (1937)

Printed caption on verso reads, "THE NEW SITE FOR NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY: 1. The Site Upon Which Construction of the First Building Will Start Immediately. 2. The University's Laboratory Building. 3. Rented Areas in the Huntington Building Occupied by t

Northeastern University expands on site of Huntington Avenue Grounds

3. Northeastern University expands on site of Huntington Avenue Grounds

Image number: 05_02_010883
Photographer: Eastern Aerial Surveys, Inc.
Roxbury, Massachusetts (1955)

Newspaper caption on verso reads, "The location of the first World Series baseball game, where the Boston Americans defeated the Pittsburgh Nationals in 1903 is gradually being covered by Northeastern buildings. The new $1,500,000 Classroom Laboratory Bu

New physical education center at Northeastern University, built on site of old Huntington Avenue Grounds

4. New physical education center at Northeastern University, built on site of old Huntington Avenue Grounds

Image number: 05_02_010884
Roxbury, Massachusetts (1954)

Newspaper caption on verso reads, "NEW PHYSICAL EDUCATION CENTER at Northeastern University, which will be dedicated tomorrow. The center cost $1,750,000. The entrance leads into the administration building and the gymnasium in the rear. The indoor ath

Northeastern University Physical Education Center under construction on site of the old Huntington Avenue Grounds

5. Northeastern University Physical Education Center under construction on site of the old Huntington Avenue Grounds

Image number: 05_02_010885
Roxbury, Massachusetts (1953)

Printed caption on verso reads, "Steel girders rise along Huntington Avenue on the site where, 50 years ago, the Red Sox won the first World Series ever played. A bronze plaque in Northeastern's new $1,750,000 athletic plant will mark the location of the

Foundation of new Northeastern University athletic building, constructed on site of the old Huntington Avenue Grounds

6. Foundation of new Northeastern University athletic building, constructed on site of the old Huntington Avenue Grounds

Image number: 05_02_010886
Roxbury, Massachusetts (1953)

"Foundation for new gymnasium and athletic building has already been started. Release: Sunday, January 18" -from printed caption on back of photo.

Northeastern University Physical Education Center under construction on the site of the old Huntington Avenue Grounds

7. Northeastern University Physical Education Center under construction on the site of the old Huntington Avenue Grounds

Image number: 05_02_010887
Photographer: Du Bois, Jerry A.
Roxbury, Massachusetts (1953)

"NEW PHYSICAL EDUCATION CENTER: Cornerstone laying exercises for this $1,750,000 gymnasium will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Northeastern University." -from newspaper caption on back of photo.

Raising of the first World Championship flag, Opening Day of 1904, Huntington Avenue Grounds

8. Raising of the first World Championship flag, Opening Day of 1904, Huntington Avenue Grounds

Image number: 05_02_010994
Roxbury, Massachusetts (1904)

Boston and Washington players stand around the flagpole as the flag is raised. The Boston Americans defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates in eight games to win the 1903 World Series.

Player-Manager Jimmy Collins prepares to raise the first World Championship flag on Opening Day in 1904 at the Huntington Avenue Grounds

9. Player-Manager Jimmy Collins prepares to raise the first World Championship flag on Opening Day in 1904 at the Huntington Avenue Grounds

Image number: 05_02_010996
Roxbury, Massachusetts (1904)

Boston and Washington players look on as Collins holds the rope. Boston Americans defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates in eight games to win the 1903 World Series.

John I. Taylor, owner of the Boston Americans, at Huntington Avenue Grounds

10. John I. Taylor, owner of the Boston Americans, at Huntington Avenue Grounds

Image number: 05_02_011011
Roxbury, Massachusetts (1904-1911)

Taylor owned the team from 1904-1911. He appears to be seated in the Boston dugout.

 
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