Green Monster's a piece of baseball history
Early on, The Wall wasn't widely known as "The Green Monster," or even "The Wall." According to my research, in the 1940s and '50s the wall was "the Fence" or "the Fenway Fence." By the 1970s, "The Wall" was commonly used, but "Green Monster" was still something of a rarity. In Ted Williams' autobiography, published in 1969, he didn't use "Monster" even once. In Carl Yastrzemski's autobiography, published in 1990, he referred to "the Wall" 59 times but "the Green Monster" only four times. And to this day, most native New Englanders still refer to it as "The Wall," leaving "Green Monster" to greenhorns like me.
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