Don’t be surprised to see Boston’s historic Fenway Park – in Essex, Vt. Pat O’Connor, a long-time baseball fan in general, but of the Red Sox in particular, decided to build the miniature replica behind his house in 2001, says the Associated Press. Details include a 12.5-foot-tall Green Monster, a 3×3-foot plastic Citgo sign just past the left-field wall, and baseball-shaped markers in right field that represent the retired jersey numbers of players like Ted Williams. O’Connor also built a “Little Wrigley” behind Fenway. It, too, has the elements of the real park, including an ivy-adorned faux brick wall, and flagpole pennants with the names of famous Cub players. Teams have competed every August since 2002, in a three-day event to raise money for the Travis Roy Foundation that aides victims of spinal cord injuries. Roy is a former Boston University hockey player who was paralyzed from the neck down while playing in his first game. Games run into the night at both parks. The tournaments have raised $715,000 to date for the Foundation, in addition to thousands more for other charities. “It’s a magical place that really removes you from everything else that’s going on in your life,” says Roy.It’s Vermont’s Field of Dreams.
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