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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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  • All-Star Game features smooth Jeter-to-Trout transition

    MINNEAPOLIS Minnesota pulled up a chair Tuesday as the stars descended upon Target Field. Power, speed and savvy filled the lineup cards, and it was just a matter of how all these skills would spill out on the field during the Midsummer Classic. But what...
  • How the Orioles fared through 94 games in seasons they made the playoffs

    How the Orioles fared through 94 games in seasons they made the playoffs
    We're at the All-Star break, so it's a good time to once again check the Orioles' progress against previous teams who made the playoffs in franchise history. How does this year's squad stack up through 94 games against successful Orioles teams of the...
  • MLB's pivotal post-break players

    The Sports Xchange By Rick Kaplan, The Sports Xchange MLB's pivotal post-break players When the baseball season resumes Friday, contending teams will be fine-tuning their lineups to prepare for the stretch run, also-rans will be preparing to take a...
  • After a tumultuous year, red-hot Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz has never been happier

    After a tumultuous year, red-hot Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz has never been happier
    Nelson Cruz presents a deep rooting dilemma for the modern baseball fan. Is the Orioles outfielder the well-mannered son of teachers who built himself into a slugger step by painstaking step? In this version of the story, Cruz is the perfect baseball...
  • Mike Yastrzemski promoted to Double-A Bowie after one month at High-A Frederick

    Mike Yastrzemski promoted to Double-A Bowie after one month at High-A Frederick
    Orioles minor league outfielder Mike Yastrzemski was promoted to Double-A Bowie on Wednesday, Single-A Frederick announced, making him the club's first 2013 draft pick to reach that level. Yastrzemski, who is the grandson of Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer...
  • Jeter No. 1-selling jersey in 2014

    Heading into his 14th and final All-Star Game appearance, Derek Jeter remains atop the list of most popular MLB player jerseys, closely followed by some of the biggest names in the game as well as the young stars who are leading the next generation. Derek...
  • Connecticut Was Once Host To A Hall Of Fame 'Battle Of Sexes'

    Long before the Brakettes and Bluefish brought baseball and softball together in a competition, Connecticut hosted a battle of Hall of Famers as Ted Williams, considered by many to be the gratest hitter that ever lived, faced off against Joan Joyce,...
  • From Bottenfield To Zak: Our Anti-All-Star Team

    The best in baseball will gather in Minneapolis Tuesday for the annual Midsummer Classic. There will be names you know, names you're just learning and names you may never hear again. So, in honor of the All-Star Game, we offer some of the more obscure...
  • Mariners' Hernandez to start All-Star Game for American League

    MINNEAPOLIS Really, there was no other choice for American League manager John Farrell. Sure Detroit's Max Scherzer has been outstanding and Yu Darvish of the Rangers has been good as well, but no pitcher was more deserving to start Tuesday's All-Star...
  • Derek Jeter In The All-Star Game

    The Yankees' Derek Jeter, who is retiring after the season, was voted the AL's starting shortstop by the fans. Jeter, 40, will be starting for the ninth time, appearing for the 14th. A few facts and figures: 1. The numbers: Jeter has 11 hits in 25 at-...
  • What could tempt Zack Greinke to opt out of Dodgers contract?

    When Jon Lester and Max Scherzer hit the free-agent market this fall, the Dodgers will have a lot at stake. They might not bid for either pitcher. However, Zack Greinke can opt out of his Dodgers contract after next season. If Lester and Scherzer cash...