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Boston Red Sox

Boston Red Sox
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

Top Boston Red Sox Articles

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  • Dan Duquette played role in Pedro Martinez's path to Hall of Fame

    It is rare for a general manager to have the opportunity to trade for a Hall of Fame-caliber player once, let alone twice. But that’s what Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette did, dealing for right-hander Pedro Martinez on two separate...
  • Delmon Young could see more playing time this season, plus other Orioles notes

    After the Orioles announced their signing of designated hitter-outfielder Delmon Young, executive vice president Dan Duquette texted an interesting quote. “Delmon Young is an accomplished major league hitter who had a nice year with a lot of...
  • Orioles sign Delmon Young, designate catcher Ryan Lavarnway

    Orioles sign Delmon Young, designate catcher Ryan Lavarnway
    The Orioles made their deal with outfielder-designated hitter Delmon Young official Friday, announcing that he has been signed to a one-year contract. Young agreed to terms on Christmas Eve, and the deal became official after the completion of a...
  • Hall of Famer Randy Johnson fulfills promise he had at Livermore High

    Randy Johnson was an intimidating force on a pitcher's mound in the early 1980s at Livermore High School in California, and three-plus decades later, the man known in baseball as The Big Unit is a Hall of Famer. He was elected to Cooperstown by members of...
  • Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez among four elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

    For the first time in 60 years, the Baseball Writers Assn. of America has voted four players into the Hall of Fame. Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio were elected to the Hall of Fame on Tuesday, two years after the BBWAA...
  • Hall Of Fame, By The Numbers

    Voting There were 549 votes cast, with 412 needed for election: Randy Johnson, 534 (97.3 percent); Pedro Martinez, 500 (91.1); John Smoltz, 455 (82.9); Craig Biggio, 454 (82.7); Mike Piazza, 384 (69.9); Jeff Bagwell, 306 (55.7); Tim Raines, 302 (55.0);...
  • Pedro Martinez Going To Hall With Johnson, Biggio, Smoltz

    Pedro Martinez Going To Hall With Johnson, Biggio, Smoltz
    NEW YORK — Eleven months after Roger Clemens left Boston to embark on the twilight of his career, Pedro Martinez arrived as the new pitching ace of the Red Sox. Over the next seven seasons, Martinez was among the best pitchers in baseball while...
  • Randy Johnson leads gang of four into Baseball Hall of Fame

    Randy Johnson leads gang of four into Baseball Hall of Fame
    Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez are the yin and yang of baseball's 2015 Hall of Fame class, proving it's not the size of the player that matters as much as what's inside of him. Johnson and Martinez join fellow pitcher John Smoltz and second baseman...
  • How Could Any Writer Not Vote For Pedro Martinez?

    He sent chills down our spines. Yes, every time he went to the mound, gripped the ball and unsprung that small, tightly wound frame on the world, Pedro Martinez sent chills up and down our backbones. Pedro didn't pitch games. He pitched events. He was...
  • Person familiar with the negotiations: Stephen Drew, Yankees closing in on $5 million deal

    Infielder Stephen Drew and the New York Yankees are working to finalize a $5 million, one-year contract, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. The person spoke Tuesday night on condition of anonymity because the deal is subject to a...
  • Long& short of it: Johnson, Martinez, Smoltz and Biggio elected to baseball's Hall of Fame

    Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz dominated in an era of offense, each in their own way. The 6-foot-10 Big Unit became the tallest of 215 players elected to baseball's Hall of Fame and the 5-foot-11 Martinez the shortest pitcher picked for...