Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, has not always limited its athletic contests to baseball games. In the early 1900s, many college football teams went head to head there as well. Local schools, like Boston College and Boston University, used Fenway as their home field. This allowed visiting teams the experience of using a baseball diamond as their gridiron.
The University of Maryland and Boston University faced each other on November 12, 1949, and November 1, 1952–both times at Fenway Park. When the Terps and Terriers met on November 12, 1949 in front of a crowd of 30,000 people, it was the largest crowd before which the Terriers had played–and lost. Maryland claimed the 14-13 victory, which the Boston coach Buff Donelli blamed on “poor officiating,” according to the Boston Globe. With only one loss in the 1949 season, the Terps went on to win the Gator Bowl that year. The next Terps against Terriers match up in 1952 ended much more decisively. An undefeated Maryland team continued its winning streak with a 34-7 resounding victory over Boston.
The practice of using Fenway Park for college football games came to a close in the mid-1950s. Red Sox President Tom Yawkey wanted to make Fenway one of the most attractive ball parks in the country, and his first step toward that goal was the removal of football cleats.
We discovered, via a question from Brian Murphy at the MLB Network, that the 1949 Maryland vs. BU game was the on-air debut of legendary radio broadcaster Vin Scully. Murphy found this information in Curt Smith’s book “Pull Up a Chair: The Vin Scully Story.” The Terps are proud to have played a part in this piece of broadcasting history.