In 1993, the Red Sox began offering organized tours of Fenway Park, opening up "America's Most Beloved Ballpark" and making it one of Boston's most popular tourist destinations. The ballpark also welcomed back the Baseball Beanpot for the fourth consecutive year while the Red Sox had another subpar season.
Record: 80-82, 5th in American League East
Manager: Clell L. Hobson
The Red Sox opened 1993 with their first spring training in Fort Myers, FL. After suffering through a powerless 1992 season, the Red Sox signed 38-year-old Andre Dawson, who delivered 13 home runs, 67 RBIs and a .273 average for Boston. First baseman Mo Vaughn took a big step forward in his third major league season, amassing 29 homers and 101 RBIs. But consistent run-scoring was a problem again and the offense scored just 686 runs.
Boston's pitching staff didn't produce many positive results either. Roger Clemens suffered through his first losing season with an 11-14 record and Danny Darwin led the staff at 15-11.
The Red Sox held first place for the first 17 games but fell all the way to fifth place by the All-Star Break. A post-break winning streak of 10 games brought the Red Sox to first place again and though they stayed close through the middle of August, the club finished the season losing 31 of their final 47 games.
Greg Harris pitched a club-record 80 games out of the bullpen, though the ambidextrous pitcher made all his appearances as a right-hander and didn't get a chance to throw from the portside in 1993.
On November 23, Haywood Sullivan sold his share in the team to the Yawkey Trust for $12 million, turning a tidy profit since Sullivan initially bought into the team with $1 million loaned to him by Jean Yawkey.
In 1993, two technological advances were installed at Fenway Park. That year, Shawmut Bank installed Fenway Park's first ATM and a 350-square foot telephone equipment room was added on the third-base side of the roof, with a mounted antenna.
Boston College captured its third Baseball Beanpot at Fenway Park in four years in April 1993. The following month, Negro League legends were honored at the park as part of the 1993 Old-Timers game.
|1993 Non-Red Sox Baseball At Fenway Park|
|April 21||Boston College 8, Northeastern 7 (Beanpot Semi-Finals)*|
|April 21||Harvard 14, Boston University 1 (Beanpot Semi-Finals)*|
|April 22||Boston College 14, Harvard 5 (Beanpot Championship)*|
|May 29||Old-Timers Game|
*Starting in 1990, Fenway Park has hosted the annual Baseball Beanpot, baseball's version of the longstanding Boston hockey tradition. Originally, the competition featured the same schools that battle for Hockey Beanpot: Boston College, Boston University, Northeastern University and Harvard University. However, when BU dropped their baseball program after the 1995 season, the University of Massachusetts took their place. The Baseball Beanpot has been held at Fenway Park every year since its inception except for in 2004 and 2010, when the tournament was played at Campanelli Stadium in Brockton, MA.
In 1993, organized tours of Fenway Park began. Since then, Fenway Park has become one of Boston's most visited landmarks.