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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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  • Here Are A Few MLB All-Stars You Might Not Know About

    Here Are A Few MLB All-Stars You Might Not Know About
    There are 29 first-time All-Stars on the American League and National League rosters, including injured players who won't participate in Tuesday's Midsummer Classic in Minneapolis. Some, you know. Many, you don't. Let's scroll through some of the first-...
  • Jury Selection To Begin In Trial Involving Former MLB Player

    Jury Selection To Begin In Trial Involving Former MLB Player
    BRIDGEPORT — Jury selection is scheduled to begin Wednesday in the federal trial of a former Major League Baseball player who was sued by a player who accused him of hitting him with a bat during a minor league game in 2007, according to court...
  • MLB team-by-team midterm grades

    The Sports Xchange By Rick Kaplan, The Sports Xchange MLB team-by-team midterm grades With baseball at the ceremonial midpoint of the season, the biggest overachievers and underachievers are division rivals. The American League West is home to the...
  • In sports, some feuds can be set aside if only briefly

    In sports, some feuds can be set aside if only briefly
    In some cases, bad blood comes with an expiration date. LeBron James is headed back to Cleveland to play for owner Dan Gilbert. That might have been unthinkable four years ago, when James announced he was taking his talents to South Beach to play for...
  • 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...
  • Gamer roundup: Ninth-inning sac fly lifts Dodgers

    The Sports Xchange EditorsNote: updated with last games Gamer roundup: Ninth-inning sac fly lifts Dodgers LOS ANGELES -- A.J. Ellis hit a walk-off sacrifice fly in the ninth inning, giving the Los Angeles Dodgers a 1-0 win over the San Diego Padres on...
  • The Times' Major League Baseball rankings

    Jim Peltz ranks Major League Baseball's 30 teams. Last week’s rankings are in parentheses, Statistics are through Friday’s games. 1. OAKLAND: The A’s have baseball’s best winning percentage (.624) and have won seven of their last...
  • 100 years after big league debut, Babe Ruth is still larger than life

    100 years after big league debut, Babe Ruth is still larger than life
    It is easy now to identify the most famous name from the baseball box score dated July 11, 1914. However, one hundred summers ago at Boston's Fenway Park, the annotation "Ruth" was not historically significant. The baby-faced pitcher, only months...
  • Ruth bat, contract sold at auction, but ball withdrawn

    Ruth bat, contract sold at auction, but ball withdrawn
    Memorabilia Ruth bat, contract sold at auction, but ball withdrawn A nearly century-old Babe Ruth bat sold for $214,000 at a memorabilia auction Saturday night, but the first baseball whacked over the Yankee Stadium fence by the legendary slugger...
  • Ruth contract sells for $1 million

    The Sports Xchange Ruth contract sells for $1 million Babe Ruth's $5,000 contract with the Boston Red Sox in 1918 sold at an auction Saturday night for $1.02 million. The contract included signatures by Ruth, American League president Ban Johnson and...