- Boston Red Sox
- November 2, 2018
Established in 1901, the Boston Red Sox are an American professional baseball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. They compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) East division and are currently owned by Fenway Sports Group. So far, the team won eight World Series titles, 13 American League (AL) Pennants, nine East Division titles and seven Wild Card berths.
The Boston Red Sox colors are red, midnight navy blue and white; while their logo is a pair of hanging red socks visually representing the team’s name. Their home ballpark is Fenway Park, located in Boston, near Kenmore Square. Founded in 1912, Fenway Park is the oldest baseball stadium still in use.
Established in 1901 as the Boston Americans, the franchise was one of the eight founding members of the American League. In 1908, the team owner John I. Taylor changed their name to the Boston Red Sox, adjusting it from the Boston Red Stockings, the original name of Boston’s first professional baseball team.
With players like pitcher Denton Young, third baseman Jimmy Collins and Tris Speaker – Boston won their first World Series title in 1903 against the Pittsburgh Pirates, followed by four more titles in 1912, 1915, 1916, and 1918.
The sale of Babe Ruth – “Curse of the Bambino”
After the series of victories which made them one of the most successful professional baseball franchises; in the off-season of 1919–1920, the Red Sox sold player Babe Ruth, also known as “the Bambino”, to the New York Yankees. After the sale, the team failed to win another World Series title in 86 years, while the Yankees became the most successful baseball franchise. The fans turned the entire event into a superstition, calling it the curse which made the Sox to fail for so long.
The World Series titles drought
Even with one of the most talented players in the franchise history, like hitter Ted Williams, Luis Tiant, Roger Clemens or Manny Ramirez; the Sox didn’t manage to win any World Series Championships between 1918 and 2004. Although they made it to the World Series for four times (1946, 1967, 1975, 1986), the team lost all of them in the final game. They also lost two AL Pennants tiebreaker games, the first one to the Cleveland Indians in 1948 and the second one to the New York Yankees in 1978.
The first World Series title after 86 years
With pitcher Curt Schilling, fielder Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz, the Boston Red Sox won the 2004 American League Championship Series (ALCS) against the New York Yankees with a score of 4-3. After 86 years, the team won the 2004 World Series Championship, beating the St. Louis Cardinals in four games.
Thanks to the great performances of Jonathan Papelbon, Josh Beckett and Daisuke Matsuzaka, the team defeated the Colorado Rockies in a four-game sweep, winning another World Series title in 2007.
2008 – Present
In 2008, Manny Ramirez was transferred to the Dodgers and was replaced by left fielder Jason Bay. This change led the Boston Red Sox to the 2008 ALDS where they defeated the Los Angeles Angels 3-1, but eventually lost to the Tampa Bay Rays in game 7 with 3-1. Four years later, their past bad luck reappeared when they lost a nine-game lead in the Wild Card standings over the course of the final month of the regular season—the worst collapse in the history of MLB.
After finishing last in the American League East with a 69–93 record in 2012, the Boston Red Sox won another World Series title in 2013, defeating the St. Louis Cardinals four games to two. They became the second team, after the 1991 Minnesota Twins, to win the World Series a year after finishing in last place. In 2014, the Sox finished last in the AL East with a record of 71–91 and once again in 2015, with a record of 78–84. However, the next two years they returned to the postseason and won a division title each time.
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