National Geographic Documentary on Fenway Park Premiers Tonight on PBS Stations
BOSTON, MA – 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 Boston’s WGBH.
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, Inside the Vatican, and Inside Arlington Cemetery. The film is the latest in the National Geographic series that began on PBS in 1997.
With wide access to the ballpark, the workers, the players, and the fans, writer and director Robert Caputo and his cameras reveal the personalities that characterize “America’s Most Beloved Ballpark” today, while taking a look back at Fenway Park’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 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.
Produced by Amy Wray, the National Geographic Special was funded with a grant from Gulf Oil who also sponsored several National Geographic specials in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Attached are air dates in 20 of America’s major markets. Viewers should check their local PBS listings for additional showtimes. The documentary is expected to air nearly 200 times in late March and early April across the United States.