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Originally the Boston Americans, founded in 1901, the Red Sox won the first World Series in 1903. Playing its games from 1912 to the present at tiny and quirky Fenway Park, with its 37-foot high wall in left field called "The Green Monster" and other unique features, the Red Sox are woven deeply into the fabric of New England, the capital of a fandom referred to as "Red Sox Nation," because of its widespread reach. From 1978-2003, the Red Sox's decades-long inability to win the World Series -- often at the hands of the New York Yankees, often in improbable and heartbreaking ways -- became the primary identity of the franchise, summed up as "The Curse of the Bambino," a reference to the sale... Show more »
Originally the Boston Americans, founded in 1901, the Red Sox won the first World Series in 1903. Playing its games from 1912 to the present at tiny and quirky Fenway Park, with its 37-foot high wall in left field called "The Green Monster" and other unique features, the Red Sox are woven deeply into the fabric of New England, the capital of a fandom referred to as "Red Sox Nation," because of its widespread reach. From 1978-2003, the Red Sox's decades-long inability to win the World Series -- often at the hands of the New York Yankees, often in improbable and heartbreaking ways -- became the primary identity of the franchise, summed up as "The Curse of the Bambino," a reference to the sale of Babe Ruth to the New York club. But the fortunes of the franchise changed in stunning fashion in 2004. Again facing the Yankees in the ALCS, the Red Sox lost the first three games, losing Game 3 at Fenway 19-8. But in the ninth inning of Game 4, Dave Roberts stole second base off closer Mariano Rivera, then scored the tying run. David Ortiz got the first of two straight walk-off hits in the 12th inning with a two-run homer. He repeated the feat later that same day in Game 5 with a single in the 14th inning. In Game 6, Curt Schilling pitched with a sutured right ankle, blood oozing through his sock, but earned the victory, forcing a Game 7 that the Red Sox won easily. It was the first time in baseball history a team won a series after trailing 0-3. The Red Sox then swept St. Louis in the World Series, its first title in 86 years. The Red Sox would win again in 2007, recovering from a 3-1 deficit to Cleveland in the ALCS, then sweeping Colorado for the title. « Show less

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  • Cubs manager Joe Maddon looking to lean on veterans for leadership

    Cubs manager Joe Maddon looking to lean on veterans for leadership
    MESA, Ariz. — The Cubs begin preparation for the 2015 season Friday, but they also hope to begin to a lay a foundation for long-term success when they conduct their first workout for pitchers and catchers under new manager Joe Maddon. With the...
  • New team, league, same determined Jon Lester

    New team, league, same determined Jon Lester
    MESA, Ariz. — Jon Lester changed leagues, uniform colors and spring training venues. But the confidence Lester developed over nine seasons with the Red Sox remains strong as he seeks to help the Cubs win a World Series for the first time in 107...
  • Memories of first spring training linger for Astros

    Memories of first spring training linger for Astros
    KISSIMMEE — Pat Neshek's earliest memory of spring training involved a case of mistaken identity, Torii Hunter and an unexpected gift. Neshek, who signed a two-year contract for $12.5 million with the Houston Astros in December, was a minor-...
  • On The Fly: Syracuse Honors Two Former Players

    On The Fly: Syracuse Honors Two Former Players
    Syracuse University honored two basketball greats at halftime of Saturday's loss to Pittsburgh at the Carrier Dome, retiring the numbers of Roosevelt Bouie and Louis Orr. It was a nice ceremony and the former players were presented with their framed...
  • Red Sox extend manager John Farrell's contract through 2017

    The Boston Red Sox hoped to work out a new deal for manager John Farrell before they opened camp. They nearly got it done. So while Boston pitchers and catchers held their first official workout Saturday, the team announced that Farrell's contract had...
  • On The Fly: FINALLY! Mayweather-Pacquiao Bout Set (May 2)

    On The Fly: FINALLY! Mayweather-Pacquiao Bout Set (May 2)
    The fight is on. Better late than never, we guess. Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao have signed a contract — a process at least five years in the making — and will face each other May 2 in Las Vegas. It will be the biggest money-maker...
  • What to make of Derek Jeter's Players' Tribune

    What to make of Derek Jeter's Players' Tribune
    The Players’ Tribune, which celebrated its official launch in New York over the weekend, seems an unlikely second act for Derek Jeter. The former Yankees shortstop, who retired at the end of last season, founded the website, which had a soft...
  • Sideline Chatter: That's no cue stick, that's an accessory to crime

    When this guy walked in and said, "This is a stick-up!" he wasn't kidding. Marcus Geddis, 24, has been charged with trying to rob the Food Fare store in High Wycombe, England, while brandishing an unusual weapon: A snooker cue. Headlines At...
  • Dan Duquette stresses returning Orioles as 'most powerful thing we've done'

    Dan Duquette stresses returning Orioles as 'most powerful thing we've done'
    Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette always has put a premium on defense, so no one should have been surprised when he played a little of it in his first media briefing of spring training. Duquette and his team are...
  • As pitchers, catchers get underway, Orioles' roster battles are few but fierce

    As pitchers, catchers get underway, Orioles' roster battles are few but fierce
    The Orioles enter spring training coming off their best season in 17 years, and while most of the core players from last year's division title-winning team return, most national experts don't expect them to duplicate their 2014 success. But despite...
  • Five players to watch as Marlins pitchers and catchers report

    Five players to watch as Marlins pitchers and catchers report
    The Marlins' 23rd season opens Friday in Jupiter, where 34 pitchers and six catchers officially will have their first workout ahead of Tuesday's first full squad practice. Come Opening Day, the Marlins will have at least two new members of the...