The 100th anniversary of Fenway Park has inspired a National Geographic documentary that will air nationally and premier tonight at 10 p.m. (EDT), including on WGBH in Boston.
The latest in National Geographic’s famed "inside" documentary series, "Inside Fenway Park: An Icon at 100," is narrated by Matt Damon and produced in the style of such "inside" documentaries as "Inside the White House," "Inside Air Force One" and "Inside the Vatican." The film is the latest in the National Geographic series that began on PBS in 1997.
With wide access to the ballpark, workers, players and fans, writer and director Robert Caputo and his cameras reveal the personalities that characterize “America’s Most Beloved Ballpark,” while taking a look back at Fenway’s rich history and preservation through beautiful photography and never-before-seen historical footage, including a campaign speech at Fenway by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1944.
The documentary features interviews with columnist Mike Barnicle, author Glenn Stout, commentator Dick Flavin and ESPN.com senior writer Howard Bryant. "Inside Fenway Park: An Icon at 100" also pays tribute to those who work behind the scenes. David Mellor, director of grounds, reveals how torrential rains can bring fish from the Charles River to the field. Dean Lewis, locker room attendant, shows how pristine baseballs have been rubbed with Delaware River mud since 1939. Facilities supervisor Donnie Gardiner reveals that his wife is his mistress because he’s “married to Fenway.” Protecting the park for 23 years, he has never been able to watch a game in its entirety.