Though Red Sox owner Harry Frazee exited the Fenway Park stage in 1923, the losing continued under new management. Still, Fenway Park's schedule of non-Red Sox events remained full in 1923 with football and amateur baseball.
Record: 61-91, 8th in American League
Manager: Frank L. Chance
In 1923, the Red Sox club ownership and field management changed. Frank Chance took over as manager before the season and on July 11, 1923, a group from the Midwest purchased the team for a little over $1 million. Bob Quinn became president of the club and The Sporting News, reflecting widespread antipathy to the departing Harry Frazee, suggested, "Hub May Make Date of Red Sox Sale New Holiday."
The 1923 season began with the Red Sox in New York for the grand opening of Yankee Stadium. By season's end, the team had won 61 games, the same as in 1922, and the Red Sox finished in last place again. Almost one-third of the team's victories were won by Howard Ehmke, who threw a no-hitter on September 7 and went 20-17. Joe Harris and George Burns led the offense, with 20 homers and 158 RBIs between them, and Burns earned himself a permanent place in the annals of baseball history with his September 14 unassisted triple play, a bright spot in an otherwise gloomy season.
Four high school baseball games were played at Fenway Park in September 1923 with North Cambridge's team appearing in all four but not winning a single contest. North Cambridge tied their first two games at the ballpark but then dropped the next two to finish a winless stretch.
|1923 Non-Red Sox Baseball At Fenway Park|
|September 6||North Cambridge 4, St. Andrews 4 (Tie)|
|September 7||North Cambridge 5, St. Andrews 5 (Tie)|
|September 10||St. Andrews 5, North Cambridge 1|
|September 12||Fitchburg 7, North Cambridge 2|
On May 27, 1923, the annual war memorial service organized by the Spanish War Veterans and other groups was held at Fenway Park. After the Red Sox season, the fourth consecutive Columbus Day high school football doubleheader was played at Fenway Park and the following month, Dartmouth and Brown staged a Fenway rematch of their game the previous year.
|1923 Non-Baseball Events At Fenway Park|
|May 27||War Memorial Service*|
|October 12||BC High 20, Boston English 0 (Football)|
|October 12||Dorchester High 11, Mechanical Arts 0 (Football)|
|October 19||Boston Latin 7, Boston College High 0 (Football)|
|November 10||Dartmouth 16, Brown 14 (Football)|
|November 29||Pere Marquette 14, Fitton A.C. 9 (Football)|
*Started in the 1910s, a late May memorial service coinciding with the Memorial Day weekend was often held at Fenway Park through the mid-20th Century.