Raging Fire at Fenway Park in 1934 Burns Down Outfield Bleachers, But Tom Yawkey Gets Stadium Ready for Opening Day


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A brutal five-hour fire blazed through much of the newly renovated outfield bleachers at Fenway Park just a week into 1934.

New owner Tom Yawkey quickly went to work on the stadium, employing union labor to ensure the stadium was renovated by the time the season began just a few months later.

Yawkey's club, thanks to some new additions, made good use of the renovated park, and the Red Sox finished the season with a .500 record, snapping a streak of 16 straight years with a losing record.

Boston took fourth in the AL with a record of 76-76 under first-year manager Bucky Harris.

Roy Johnson and Billy Werber led the offense, hitting .320 and .321, respectively.

By the time 1934 came to a close, Yawkey's total expenditure on his new team totaled around $3 million.

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