History of the Boston Red Sox
By Rick Grantham
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
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
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.
About the Author: Rick Grantham is a contributing author to
BooYahVillage.com. Rick's articles are dedicated to Fan
Merchandise, and Boston
Red Sox Merchandise.