Boston Mayor John "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald threw out the first pitch on Opening Day of Fenway Park's first season -- April 20, 1912. The Red Sox beat the Highlanders/Yankees 7-6 in 11 innings, giving the New Yorkers an 0-6 start to the season.
Fitzgerald's grandson, Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy, hopes to throw out the first pitch to begin the 2009 season.
Here's a shot of Fitzgerald (there's a clear resemblance!):
And while I was looking for that picture, I found this magnificent panorama of Fenway Park during the 1914 World Series. (Make sure you enlarge it.)
During tomorrow's ceremonies, Red Sox players
will walk through the stands during the introductions in a Field of Dreams sort of way. Most of the players were unaware of this feature until Sunday afternoon and there were mixed feelings about it.***
"As long as they don't rip my right arm off," said Red Sox reliever Justin Masterson with a laugh. "I think I'll shake hands with my left."
Note: I found the Herald's staff picks and added them to that post.