In 1987, the Red Sox celebrated the 75th anniversary of Fenway Park but the team had a difficult time repeating their success of the previous year. A new function facility named, "Diamond at Fenway," and a new souvenir store, "The Lansdowne Shop," were built in the Jeano Building and in the summer, Fenway Park hosted the last matchup between all-stars from the Cape Cod Baseball League and the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League.
Record: 78-84, 5th in American League East
Manager: John F. McNamara
In 1987, the Red Sox embarked on a full year celebration of the 75th Anniversary of Fenway Park. It was the first time any ballclub had ever organized such an extensive celebration for the anniversary of the facility in which it played. The Red Sox developed the first ballpark anniversary logo in MLB history for the event, which was worn on Red Sox uniforms throughout the entire year and was used on special publications and commemorative merchandise. On April 20, 1987, the 75th anniversary of the ballpark's first regular season game, the Red Sox recreated pre-game ceremonies from that historic first game in 1912.
Despite plans for such a grand celebration of Fenway Park, the heartbreak of the 1986 World Series still clung to the hearts of Red Sox Nation and 1987 started with a pair of sour contract issues. Catcher Rich Gedman enjoyed a quality season in 1986 but didn't receive a single offer when he entered free agency. Gedman was more or less forced to re-sign with the Red Sox and couldn't even do that until May 1. It was later determined that Major League Baseball had engaged in collusion and Gedman, along with a number of other players ,received a settlement payment. Roger Clemens, meanwhile, walked out of spring training and demanded more money from the team as part of a holdout.
After a disappointing season-opening road trip, Bruce Hurst won the home opener with a 3-0, three-hitter. Clemens made his 1987 debut the following game and promptly surrendered four runs in four innings. When he was removed from the game, Clemens received hearty boos from the Fenway Park crowd who was still angry about the right-hander's holdout.
Clemens managed to turn his season around and won his second straight Cy Young award with a 20-9 record, seven shutouts and a 2.97 ERA. On the offensive side, Wade Boggs earned his fourth batting title with a .363 batting average and 200 hits and Dwight Evans supplied the power with career bests in home runs (34) and RBIs (123). The individual accolades were nice but the team fared poorly and couldn't even win half their games. After a title run the year before, the 1987 Red Sox slumped to a 78-84 record, leaving the club 20 games behind the first-place Tigers.
In 1987, a new function facility named, "Diamond at Fenway," and a new souvenir store, "The Lansdowne Shop," were built in the Jeano Building. The souvenir store would eventually become the Crown Royal Club (Absolut Club) in 2004 and the function facility, combined with the bowling alley below it, was turned into the restaurant Game On! in 2005.
An Old-Timers game celebrating Fenway Park's 75th Anniversary was held on May 23, with Cleveland Indians legend Bob Feller picking up the win for the "visiting" Equitable All-Stars team. In their final match-up at Fenway Park, the Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star team defeated the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League All-Star team 10-1 in 1987. The Cape Cod team won six of the seven games it played against the Atlantic Collegiate squad at Fenway Park in the 1970s and 1980s, with the other game ending in a tie.
|1987 Non-Red Sox Baseball At Fenway Park|
|May 23||Old-Timers Game|
|July 13||Cape Cod Baseball League 10, Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League 1*|
* From 1975 to 1987, on a biennial basis, Fenway Park hosted an all-star game between the Cape Code Baseball League and the Atlantic Collegiate League. The all-star game alternated between Fenway Park and sites closer to the ACL's teams, such as Yankee Stadium and Veterans Stadium. In 1988, the Cape Cod Baseball League returned to an intra-league format for their annual all-star game and in 2009, Cape Code League All-Stars returned to Fenway Park for the Cape Cod League All-Star Game, which was played again in 2010.