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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

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  • 'Celebrity Apprentice': Johnny Damon plays diplomat

    Two-time World Series champ Johnny Damon says playing “The Celebrity Apprentice” was harder than being on a Major League Baseball team. “I’ve been on teams that have been successful,” the Windermere resident said Friday....
  • Tribune Hall of Fame ballots

    I watched Randy Johnson pitch for the first time in a college game in 1983, and his ascent from awkward freshman to Hall of Famer marks as one of the greatest transformations I've witnessed. The fact he won 24 games and pitched 260 innings at 38 in 2002...
  • Angels, Red Sox discontinue pension plans for non-uniformed personnel

    Angels, Red Sox discontinue pension plans for non-uniformed personnel
    Jerry Reinsdorf of the Chicago White Sox opposed last January’s vote by fellow Major League Baseball owners to allow individual teams to reduce or discontinue pension plans for non-uniformed personnel, a group that includes front-office executives...
  • Some highs and lows to remember from the 2014 MLB season

    Some highs and lows to remember from the 2014 MLB season
    Major League Baseball, 2014 in review: The highs • Clayton Kershaw was king of baseball in 2014 — National League most valuable player, Cy Young Award winner, pitched a no-hitter*, hit a score-tying triple, fielded a ground ball behind...
  • A friend remembered: Evanston native reminisces about 'Unbroken' subject, Louis Zamperini

    A friend remembered: Evanston native reminisces about 'Unbroken' subject, Louis Zamperini
    That thought has warmed Evanston native Naber’s heart since Zamperini, the 1936 Olympic hero, died from pneumonia on July 2 at age 97 — just a few months away from seeing his life story, as directed by Angelina Jolie, told on the big screen on...
  • On The Fly: UConn Players Shut Out Of Postseason Football Honors

    On The Fly: UConn Players Shut Out Of Postseason Football Honors
    Say what you will about the state of UConn's football program, but here is the reality: Of the 11 programs in the American Athletic Conference only one did not land on a player on the first team, the second team or among the honorable mentions on...
  • Regional Digest: New Britain Pop Warner Football Team Advances

    New Britain Pop Warner Advances The New Britain Raiders defeated the La Costa Canyon Mavs (Calif.), 22-14, on Wednesday in the semifinals of the Pop Warner Division I Midget Division in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Raiders advance to play the Northwest...
  • Once again, Orioles preparing to make a Rule 5 draft pick Thursday

    Once again, Orioles preparing to make a Rule 5 draft pick Thursday
    The Orioles, who have made a Rule 5 draft selection every season under executive vice president Dan Duquette, have been preparing all week to make another pick this year. Duquette said Wednesday that the organization has evaluated approximately 60...
  • Red Sox trade Yoenis Cespedes to Tigers for Rick Porcello

    Red Sox trade Yoenis Cespedes to Tigers for Rick Porcello
    The Dodgers weren't the only team dealing Thursday morning. The Boston Red Sox have agreed to send power-hitting outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for pitcher Rick Porcello, a person familiar with the negotiations told the...
  • Red Sox Send Cespedes To Tigers For Porcello; Acquire Miley, Sign Masterson

    SAN DIEGO — The Red Sox entered baseball's winter meetings in search of three starting pitchers. It appears they may have reached their goal. Hours after acquiring one starting pitcher in Arizona's Wade Miley, the Boston Red Sox unloaded outfielder...
  • Cubs' Jon Lester signing gets everyone's attention at winter meetings

    Cubs' Jon Lester signing gets everyone's attention at winter meetings
    SAN DIEGO — When I approached Jon Lester at the All-Star Game in Minneapolis five months ago and asked him about the possibility of coming to the Cubs as a free agent, he raised his eyebrows and shouted out for help. "I got my first destination...