1942 FENWAY hosts its first Negro leagues game on Sept. 8 as the Philadelphia Stars beat the Baltimore Elite Giants 8--7 in a game washed out after seven innings. Although Braves Field had been rented out to black teams as early as 1938, not until '45 did the Red Sox begin heavily promoting their Negro leagues games.
1943 BETWEEN Aug. 23 and 29, Fenway hosts a three-ring circus whose proceeds benefit the Sullivan family, which famously lost five sons when the USS Juneau was sunk in World War II.
1946 TED WILLIAMS hits the longest homer in Fenway history, 502 feet, off Detroit's Fred Hutchinson on June 9. The ball crashes through the straw hat of fan Joseph A. Boucher, sitting in section 42, row 37, seat 21. Boucher tells The Boston Globe, "How far away must one sit to be safe in this park? I didn't even get the ball. They say it bounced a dozen rows higher, but after it hit my head, I was no longer interested." The spot the ball hit is now marked with a single red seat.
1946 ON July 9 the AL wins the first All-Star Game at Fenway 12--0. Eight Sox make the team—Dom DiMaggio, Bobby Doerr, Boo Ferriss, Mickey Harris, Johnny Pesky, Hal Wagner, Ted Williams and Rudy York. Williams goes 4 for 4 with two home runs.