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In Bob Quinn's first full year as owner of the Red Sox, Fenway Park attendance grew quite dramatically. However, the team only finished one spot better in the standings and the seventh place showing would be the last time they finished above place for the rest of the decade. As the club's president, Quinn continued the use of Fenway Park for amateur football, baseball, and other non-Red Sox events.

The Red Sox

Record: 67-87, 7th in American League
Manager: Lee A. Fohl
Attendance: 448,556

There was optimism entering 1924, the first full year under new ownership, and over 25,000 fans turned out on Opening Day to see Howard Ehmke take a three-hit, 1-0 shutout against New York through eight innings. However, in the top of the ninth, a single by Babe Ruth and two errors by the newly-acquired Bill Wambsganss cost Ehmke the game.

Under new manager Lee Fohl, the Red Sox looked strong early in the year and were in first place as late as June 13, before falling off dramatically and finishing with a 67-86 record. For one of the few times in the decade, the Red Sox didn't finish last - though they couldn't have come any closer to the cellar; Boston was 25 games out of first place and Chicago was 25 ½.

Under the new ownership, Red Sox attendance nearly doubled over the final Frazee year (448,556 vs. 229,688 in 1923). There was even a suggestion floated early in June that the team put a second deck on the Fenway Park grandstand. Nonetheless, when the season was over, the Red Sox still ranked last in attendance.

Non-Red Sox Baseball At Fenway Park

Three collegiate baseball games were played at Fenway Park in June 1924, including an extra-inning contest between Harvard and Princeton. Boston College's baseball team went 1-1 at Fenway Park in 1924, trouncing Georgetown but falling to their rival Holy Cross. Later in the year, a team representing the Boston Post Office defeated their counterparts from the Hartford Post Office, 9-0.

1924 Non-Red Sox Baseball At Fenway Park
June 2Boston College 20, Georgetown 6
June 4Harvard 5, Princeton 3 (10 innings)
June 11Holy Cross 12, Boston College 0
September 14Boston Post Office 9, Hartford Post Office 0

More Than a Ballpark™

While the Red Sox continued to struggle in 1924, amateur football again filled Fenway Park's schedule in the fall months. In the annual Columbus Day football doubleheader, Boston College High downed Boston English 7-0, and Dorchester vanquished Mechanic Arts 18-0. Earlier in the year, another war memorial service took place with 7,500 people in the audience and in early June, the Boys Scouts also held a rally at the park.

1924 Non-Baseball Events At Fenway Park
May 25War Memorial Service*
June 7Boy Scouts of Boston Council Rally
October 11Providence Steam Rollers 7, Pere Marquette 0 (Football)
October 13Boston College High 7, Boston English 0 (Football)
October 13Dorchester High 18, Mechanic Arts 0 (Football)
November 27Fitton A. C. 20, Pere Marquette 0 (Football)
December 6Neponset Warriors 7, Fitton A. C. 7 (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.

Fenway Park In 1929 (Credit: Leslie Jones/Boston Public Library)