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Red Sox Plan Lavish Ceremony For Fenway Park’s 100th Anniversary

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The press box at Fenway Park. (Photo by Justin Opiechowski)

The press box at Fenway Park. (Photo by Justin Opiechowski)

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BOSTON (CBS) – When the Red Sox and New York Yankees play Friday, they will be wearing replicas of the uniforms they wore for Fenway Park’s inaugural game 100 years earlier.

All living Red Sox uniformed personnel were invited to participate in the celebration of Fenway’s 100th anniversary. Gates will open at 12:30 and ceremonies are expected to begin shortly after 2p.m.

Details of the first pitch ceremony are secret, but other information has been released:

  • Oscar-winning composer John Williams will conduct members of the Boston Pops in the debut of “Fanfare for Fenway”
  • Keith Lockhart will conduct members of the Boston Pops for the National Anthem as well as “Hymn to New England,” also composed by Maestro Williams
  • Flyover by the Air Force’s Heritage Flight team that will include two F-16s and two P-51 Mustangs
  • Military personnel from Hanscom Air Force Base will present the colors.

Friday’s ceremonies will also include a toast to Fenway Park. When fans arrive at their seats, they will find a grape juice drink and cups beneath their seats or in cup holders. The crowd will be invited to participate in the toast at the end of the pre-game ceremonies, in an attempt to set a world record for the largest toast in a single venue.

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