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    Fenway Park Construction Letter From 1933. Offered is a fascinating architectural contract from the Fenway Park remodeling for 1934. During the remodeling, the left-field scoreboard was added, and is one of two remaining original manual scoreboards in professional baseball the second being in Wrigley Field. The right field line distance was reduced by some 30 feet during the project from 34. From 1912 to 1933 , there was a 10-foot-high incline in front of the then 25-foot high left field wall at Fenway Park, extending from the left-field foul pole to the center field flag pole. As a result, a left fielder in Fenway Park had to play part of the territory running uphill (and back down). Boston's first star left fielder, Duffy Lewis mastered the skill so well that the area became known as "Duffy's Cliff".
    The incline served two purposes:
    it was a support for a high wall; and
    it was built to compensate for the difference in grades between the field and Lansdowne Street on the other side of that wall.
    It also served as a spectator-friendly seating area during the dead-ball era when overflow crowds would sit on the incline behind ropes. The feature has been reintroduced to modern parks such as Minute Maid Park as a tribute to Duffy's Cliff. As part of the 1934 remodeling of the ballpark, the bleachers and the wall itself, Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey arranged to flatten the ground along the base of the wall, so that Duffy's Cliff no longer existed, and thus became part of the lore of Fenway Park. Thus the base of the left field wall is several feet below the grade level of Lansdowne Street, accounting for the occasional rat that might spook the scoreboard operators. The framed and matted piece measures 16.5" x 13.5" and has been signed by J. Wasserman, and William Coleman representing Coleman Brothers construction. C.M. Corkle has also signed approving the salary quote. Two minute staple holes in upper left do little to detract from the piece.




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