History of the Boston Red Sox

December 29, 2010

The history of the Boston Red Sox is rich with lore. The are the reigning 2007 World Series Champions and this came after a very long dry spell with no World Series wins. The Boston Red Sox are one of the oldest teams in the league and have made their team home since 1912 at Fenway Park, sometimes called “The Fens”.

This history of the Boston Red Sox name comes from the uniform feature of red around the sock area of the uniform. No matter which uniform the team is wearing, home or away or an alternate – the sock area is always red.

The Boston Red Sox club was actually formed in 1901, they were the team to beat and beat they did of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first World Series in 1903. They went on to win four more championships by 1918, and then went into one of the longest periods without a win in baseball history. Many people attributed their inability to win to the “Curse of the Bambino” that was said to have been caused by the trade of Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees in 1920. That curse was reversed in 2004, when the Boston Red Sox finally won and brought home their sixth World
Series Championship.

The late 1920’s to early 1930’s were not a good time for the Boston Red Sox, who managed to average over 100 loses in a season. In 1933, the luck of the team began looking up when Tom Yawkey bought the Red Sox and acquired some strong players. These wise player additions paid off and the Red Sox were again strong competitors in the League.

For the next 30 years, the Boston Red Sox would continue their pursuit of the World Series win just falling short. Ted Williams, considered one of the greatest hitters of all time lent his talents to the time and some people started calling the team “The TedSox”. Ted went on to write a book, “The Science of Hitting” that is still used to present day by up and coming baseball players.

The 1960’s didn’t start well for the Boston Red Sox, however 1967 brought a furious and exciting pennant race. The 1970’s brought a new uniform look when the team began to wear a red hat with a navy blue B and a navy blue brim. The new look didn’t help the team win and they never
finished higher than second in their division.

After longtime owner Tom Yawkey passed away in 1976, his wife Jean oversaw control of the Boston Red Sox until her own passing 1992. The Boston Red Sox never won a single world series in the longtime ownership of the Yawkey’s.

In 2004, the team made it to another world series and this one started poorly with injured players and closely scored games. However, in their series match up again the Cardinals, the Boston Red Sox broke the “Curse of the Bambino” and brought home a world series back to Boston. A surreal touch many people considered an omen of good luck was the total lunar eclipse that occurred during game 4. The moon was colored red over Busch Stadium and the Red Sox won the game about 10 minutes before the eclipse ended.

Just to prove the “Curse of the Bambino” was just another part of Boston Red Sox history, the team went on to win the 2007 World Series against the Colorado Rockies. Ensuring the Boston Red Sox continued reputation as one of the greatest teams in MLB history.

Rick Grantham is a contributing author to BooYahVillage.com. Rick’s articles are dedicated to Fan Gear, MLB Merchandise, and Boston Red Sox Merchandise.

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