The Red Sox have applied to have Fenway Park recognized as a national historic landmark, which would make renovation and expansion work eligible for federal tax credits.

Janet Marie Smith, the team's vice president of planning and development, said yesterday that the application was submitted to the National Park Service about a month ago. She did not know how long the review would take.

The Red Sox are in the midst of a decade-long, $200 million renovation of Fenway. Built in 1912, it is Major League Baseball's oldest and smallest stadium.

Smith could not put a dollar figure on the rehabilitation tax credit, which is designed to give property owners an incentive to save historic structures.

However, according to the Park Service's Web site, the rehabilitation tax credit "equals 20 percent of the amount spent in a certified rehabilitation of a certified historic structure."

According to the federal government's list of National Historic Landmarks, the only other major league stadiums considered for landmark status were Wrigley Field and Comiskey Park, both in Chicago. The process was never completed for either stadium, and Comiskey has since been torn down.

* SHEFFIELD ON GOODEN: Former star Dwight Gooden allegedly fled police after being stopped for drunken driving -- and his nephew, Yankees OF Gary Sheffield, said there is nothing his family can do to help anymore.

"I've done pretty much everything you could possibly do," Sheffield said Tuesday at Yankee Stadium. "It just comes to a point where you have to let him go through what he's got to go through. Sometimes, it is God's plan for us to back off and let him do it, because the family has tried everything."

Gooden is wanted on felony charges of DUI and fleeing police, and a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest without violence.

"At this point he is in a lot of trouble, and the only way he can help himself is to come forward and take responsibility for his actions," police spokeswoman Laura McElroy said. She did not immediately return a call yesterday for an update.

-- From News Services

Fenway Park opened on April 20, 1912, the same day Tiger Stadium opened in Detroit and five days after the Titanic sunk.