Boston’s Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox, has witnessed many historic baseball moments in its storied past. There was Carlton Fisk’s famous foul-pole homerun during Game 6 of the 1975 World Series. The famous comeback against the rival New York Yankees during the 2004 American League Champion Series is also a notable memory. Plus, the park has hosted countless legends through the years, with Ted Williams at the top of the list.
Through it all, one constant has been the park’s famous left field wall, known in baseball lore as The Green Monster. The Monster is where many would-be homeruns have gone to die, only ending up as doubles or triples. But how many hits has the Green Monster taken? Thanks to a telescoping boom lift, researchers recently found out.
So what’s the answer? How many dimples does the Green Monster’s glorious face have?
The Boston Globe newspaper recently rented a 2-person telescopic boom lift to find out. By hand-counting the dimples and also using photographs from the Glove archives, a company called ImageGraphicsVideo estimated the number of dents using “multiple algorithms to detect density, radius, size, and depth of the dimples.”
That’s just fancy speak for saying “where, how many and which ones.” The 2-person team and the ImageGraphicsVideo staff came up with 2 different numbers. Hey, it’s baseball – you always have to argue about numbers.
The newspaper folks came up with 211,044 dents, while the photo analysis counted 164,630 dings and dimples.
So, if Fenway Park can stay open another 400 years, it may witness the 1 millionth thwack of a baseball!
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