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The Sox
Spencer Burchard

The Red Sox, the Sox, the BoSox, Red Sox Nation, the Sawx, the Carmines, the Olde Town Team, the Ted Sox, the Crimson Hose, however you refer to them. The Red Sox have a lot of history to be told. There is only so much to that can be written in an essay. From the “Mad Dash” to the “Curse of the Bambino.” The man that gave them the name Ted Sox, Ted Williams was a huge contributor to the history of the Red Sox. They have been the world’s greatest baseball team to follow since being officially founded in 1901, fans have been cheering and mostly moaning and whining about them for 112 years. In 1901, the upstart American League established a competing club in Boston. (Originally, a team was supposed to be started in Buffalo, but league ownership at the last minute removed that city from their plans in favor of the expansion Boston franchise.) For seven seasons, the AL team wore dark blue stockings and had no official nickname. They were "Boston", "Bostonians" or "the Bostons"; or the "Americans" or "Boston Americans" as in "American Leaguers", Boston being a two-team city. Their 1901 to 1907 jerseys, both home and road, simply read "Boston", except for 1902 when they sported large letters "B" and "A" denoting "Boston" and "American." Newspaper writers of the time used other nicknames for the club, including "Somersets" (for owner Charles Somers), "Plymouth Rocks", "Beaneaters", the "Collinsites" (for manager Jimmy Collins)", and "Pilgrims." The Sox had gone through a ton of changes when it came to name changing or “nicknaming.” But back when they first started up team names weren’t really existent. They mostly went by nicknames fans had picked up or thought up. It wasn’t till John Taylor chose the team name to be the “Red Stockings” in 1907. On December 18, 1907, Taylor announced that, starting that 1908 season they would wear white jerseys and bright red stockings and as a result, they officially became known as the Red Stockings. This was during their abundance of championships. They won five championships between 1903 (the first world series) and 1918. (Last world series victory till 2004) All thanks to the Babe. George Herman “Babe” Ruth was an American original, baseballs first big homerun hitter. The lefty debuted with the Red Sox, winning 89 games in six years while setting the World Series record for consecutive scoreless innings at 29. The record stood for 43 years. The Babe converted to the outfield full-time after his sale to the Yankees in 1920 and led the Yankees to seven American League pennants and four World Series wins. Little did Red Sox Nation know, this trade would start a 86 year World Series drought. The Curse of the Bambino, a very touchy subject for Red Sox fans all up until 2004 that is. The title drought dated back to 1918, the sale of Ruth to the Yankees was completed January 3, 1920. In standard curse lore, Red Sox owner and theatrical producer Harry Frazee used the money from the sale to pay for the production of a Broadway musical, called No, No, Nanette. But Frazee backed many productions before and after Ruth's sale, and No, No, Nanette did not see its first performance until five years after the Ruth sale and two years after Frazee sold the Red Sox. In 1921, Red Sox manager Ed Barrow left to take over as general manager of the Yankees. After 1918 the Yankees had appeared in 39 World Series and had won 26 of them. Red Sox had only been in four World Series since then and losing all of them in seven games. Just seeing the results of the World Series wins and losses between the two teams shows me how much it has fed into the Yankees and Red Sox rivalry.

The Yankee and Red Sox match-up is regarded by some sports journalists as the greatest rivalry in sports. Games between the two teams often generate considerable interest and receive extensive media coverage, including being broadcast on national television. Many national networks, including ESPN and Fox Sports,...
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