2012 centennials worth celebrating

The 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic garnered much attention, but that's not the only centennial milestone marked this year. Fenway Park, Oreos and California chardonnay are other institutions commemorating 100 years of existence in 2012.

Fenway Park
Fenway Park
The oldest Major League Baseball stadium that's still in use celebrates its centennial today, and the commemoration will be as elegant and Bostonian as you'd expect: Academy Award-winning composer John Williams's tribute, "Fanfare to Fenway," will be performed by the Boston Pops. Fans will come together for a celebratory toast to the park that could set a Guinness World Record. If all of this isn't enough to keep the team's 700+-game sellout streak going, on the field the Red Sox will face -- who else? -- the New York Yankees, the same team they played on April 20, 1912 (who were then called the New York Highlanders).

"This [Fenway Park anniversary] goes beyond the Red Sox. It goes beyond baseball," says Charles Steinberg, senior advisor to the president/CEO of the Boston Red Sox. "You imagine fans saying, 'My grandparents sat in these same seats.' Here's a place that has been a constant in your life. It looks and feels like the place it has always been." In March, Fenway Park was added to the National Register of Historic Places.



By Daryna Tobey, Contributor @FortuneMagazine - Last updated April 20 2012: 10:35 AM ET
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