BOSTON RED SOX INFORMATION:
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Stadium: Fenway Park
Conference: American League
Division: Eastern Division
Rivals: New York Yankees
Notable Players: Ted Williams, Carl Yaztrzemski, Tris Speaker, Jimmie Foxx, Nomar Garciaparra
Boston Red Sox World Series Title: 7 - Last World Series appearance, 2007
Boston Red Sox AL Championships: 12 - Last Championship appearance, 2008
The Boston Red Sox are one of the most storied franchises in the history of professional baseball, with countless Hall of Famers and trailblazing players who have worn the uniform. The Sox got their start in 1901 as the Boston Americans, and played their games at the Huntington Grounds, not too far from their current home, Fenway Park. The Americans won the very first World Series in 1903, with the legendary Cy Young on the mound. The team changed its name to the Red Sox in 1908, in honor of the Boston Red Stockings, the original name of the Boston Braves, which was the first professional team in Boston.
The Red Sox won the championship in 1912 against the New York Highlanders, which would eventually become the New York Yankees and mark the first big matchup in one of sport's biggest rivalries. In 1914, the Red Sox purchased the contract of Babe Ruth from the Baltimore Orioles for only $8,000, and he would soon become a dual hitting and pitching threat for the squad. This began a monumental run of success that culminated in championships in 1915, 1916 and 1918. However, in 1920, the Red Sox shocked the sports world by selling Babe Ruth's rights to the New York Yankees for $100,000. This would change the fortunes of the two franchises forever, as the Yankees would become the sport's biggest dynasty, while Red Sox fans were forced to contend with the "Curse of the Bambino."
While much of the Red Sox history was dominated by their epic title drought, the team has been home to Hall of Fame players like Ted Williams, Carlton Fisk, Jim Rice, Carl Yastrzemski and Wade Boggs. After nearly 86 years of futility, Red Sox fans' prayers were finally answered in 2004 when the team went on an unprecedented run in the playoffs. Down 3-0 against the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series, the Red Sox would rally in Game 4 to force a fifth game and beat the Yankees in a pivotal Game 7. The Sox would continue their streak in the World Series by sweeping the St. Louis Cardinals. They became the only team in the history of baseball to come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a playoff series.
After sweeping the Rockies in the 2007 World Series, there's certainly a sense of euphoria that surrounds Red Sox Nation. With one of the highest payrolls in baseball and a stacked farm system, the Red Sox are always a factor in the American League East race.
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