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UploadedMay 4, 2008
TakenMay 3, 2008
ModelCanon PowerShot G9
Exposure1/80 sec at f/4.8
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Focal Length44.4 mm
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Note the Morse dashes and dots of TAY.

Fenway Park has one of the last hand-operated scoreboards in the Major Leagues in the left-field wall. Green and red lights are used to signal balls, strikes, and outs.

Each scoreboard number used to indicate runs and hits measures 16 inches by 16 inches and weighs three pounds. The numbers used for errors, innings, and pitcher's numbers measure 12 inches by 16 inches, and weigh two pounds each.

Whereas all other ballgame scores used to be displayed on the manual scoreboard, only scores from other American League games are posted there now during Red Sox games. That change to the scoreboard occurred in 1975, when the wall was remodeled and when Fenway Park's first electronic scoreboard was installed. Scores from ongoing National League games are now displayed on the electronic scoreboards around Fenway Park.

Behind the manual scoreboard is a room where the walls are covered with signatures of players who have played at Fenway Park over the years. Also, the initials TAY and JRY — for Tom Yawkey and Jean Yawkey — appear in Morse code in two vertical stripes on the scoreboard.

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