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Monday, October 29, 2007

Boston Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox are a professional baseball team based in Boston, Massachusetts and are the reigning World Series Champions. The Red Sox are a member and current champions of both the Major League Baseball’s American League Eastern Division and of the American League itself. From 1912 to the present, the Red Sox have played in Fenway Park.

The "Red Sox" name originates from the iconic uniform feature. They are nicknamed "the BoSox," a combination of "Boston" and "Sox" (as opposed to the "ChiSox"), and "the Olde Towne Team." Most fans, however, simply refer to them as "the Sox."

One of the American League's eight charter franchises, the club was founded in Boston in 1901. Then known as the Boston Americans, they played at Huntington Avenue Grounds, and met the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first World Series. In 1918, the team won its fifth World Series, and then went into one of the longest championship droughts in baseball history. Many attributed the phenomenon to the "Curse of the Bambino" said to have been caused by the trade of Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees in 1920. The drought was ended, and the "curse" reversed in 2004, when the team won their sixth World Series Championship.

The Red Sox lead all other MLB teams in average road attendance,[1] while the small capacity of Fenway causes them to rank 11th in home attendance.[2] Every home game since May 15, 2003 to the present has been sold out, a span of well over four years.[3]

Contents [hide]
1 History
1.1 The Golden Era 1901-1919
1.2 Team renamed: Red Sox
1.2.1 Sale of Babe Ruth
1.3 Ted Williams era 1939-1960
1.4 The 60s: Yaz and the Impossible Dream
1.5 1970s: Red Hat era
1.5.1 1978 American League playoff
1.6 1986 World Series and Game Six
1.7 1988-1991 Morgan Magic
1.8 1992-2001 mixed results
1.9 2002-present: a new Red Sox era
1.9.1 2002: Henry comes to Boston
1.9.2 2003: Cowboy Up
1.9.3 2004: World Champions
1.9.4 2005 - 2006: The "Idiots" Disband
1.9.5 2007: World Champions Again
2 Nickname
2.1 Pilgrims
2.2 Summary
3 Retired numbers
4 Baseball Hall of Famers
5 Notable seasons and team records
6 Current roster
7 Radio and television
8 Minor league affiliations
9 See also
10 Notes
11 References
12 External links

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