The team that won the first World Series in baseball's modern era is now officially a part of the Sports by the Numbers franchise!
THE TEAM: The Boston Red Sox dominated the early 20th century, winning five World Series titles before the Evil Empire tasted postseason success for the... read more
The Fenway Faithful are fully aware how painful and tragic some of the most compelling moments in baseball history are, precisely because many of those same moments defined Red Sox fandom for 86 years. That curse is over, however, and a new era is upon us. Boston celebrated the miracle that... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
The Fenway Faithful are fully aware how painful and tragic some of the most compelling moments in baseball history are, precisely because many of those same moments defined Red Sox fandom for 86 years. That curse is over, however, and a new era is upon us. Boston celebrated the miracle that was 2004, the validation that was 2007, and today, its fans look ahead unafraid, unburdened, expecting nothing short of greatness, but able to withstand the inevitable heartache, any letdowns that await, knowing that all franchises share in great moments from time to time but the truly great franchises, such as ours, have more than a moment -- much more.
We have a legacy.
A legacy that began with the first world championship in baseball's modern era and that continues to grow in the 21st century, as Boston became the first club to claim two titles in this new millennia. It is a compelling legacy built on the talents of legends, some of the greatest this game has ever known. It is a legacy defined by individuals who stretch the limits of our imaginations through feats that verge on the inexplicable. It is a legacy that casts a long shadow on this game, our national pastime, for it is impossible to separate the history of the Red Sox and the history of baseball -- without Boston, any telling of baseball's history would be incomplete. This team is the legacy of Mr. Yawkey, who brought honor and prestige and a desire to compete back to Fenway. And this team is our legacy -- the fans who persevered, who loved the Red Sox even when the club let us down.
This book is a tribute to that legacy.
In the coming pages you will read about the greatest numbers in franchise history -- those that were retired in honor of our greatest legends. And the biggest names from every era are all here: Young, Speaker, Cronin, Ruth, Williams, Doerr, Pesky, DiMaggio, Yastrzemski, Fisk, Rice, Evans, Lynn, Clemens, Boggs, Ortiz, Varitek, Ramirez, and Pedroia, just to name a few.
Every Hall of Famer from Red Sox history is in this book -- as is every award winner, the greatest performances in franchise history, the postseason triumphs and heartaches, the fan-favorite players who never became stars, all the glory, the passion, and emotion that the greatest moments in Red Sox history evoke are all here.
A thousand numbers await you, and they all tell the story of the Boston Red Sox. The format is unique, intriguing, and compelling, because as baseball fans we all love the numbers, and in these pages the numbers celebrate records, lore, trivia, personalities, anomalies, championships won, championships lost, the good and the bad, and all that is great about baseball and the Boston Red Sox.
“Ted Williams hit 17 career grand slams. He is the toughest batter to get out in major league history. It was never fun for opposing pitchers to have to face him, but that was never more true than it was when there was nowhere to put him—and his grand slam total is only one of the many franchise records that he owns.”Tucker Elliot
“Derek Lowe and Curt Schilling were veterans when Boston won the 2004 World Series, but they were quick to recognize Johnny Pesky by name—and for good reason. Pesky last played for Boston in 1952, but his close ties to the organization since his career ended in 1954 are legendary. His presence was so great, among rookies and veterans alike, that Lowe and Schilling understood that the championship belonged to Pesky just as much as it did to the guys on the playoff roster.”Tucker Elliot
“Boston got Roberts on the July 31 trade deadline—exchanging prospect Henri Stanley for the fleet-footed outfielder. Roberts fittingly got 86 at bats for Boston, but it was his speed on the bases that the Red Sox sought—and it was his speed that brought to an end 86 years of frustration for the Fenway Faithful.”Tucker Elliot
“Big Papi placed among the top five in Most Valuable Player balloting during his first five seasons with the Red Sox. His best finish in that span was second place in 2005, just losing out to Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees. It was A-Rod, however, who suggested he’d gladly trade his hardware for the ring Ortiz won in 2004. A-Rod got the hardware for MVP again in 2007, but it was Ortiz who got another ring.”Tucker Elliot
“Seemingly every year at least one of the league’s top sluggers can be found in Boston’s lineup—and often times more than one. David Ortiz was second or third in slugging five consecutive seasons from 2003-07. Manny Ramirez was in the top five in slugging six consecutive seasons from 2001-06. Manny and Big Papi were one-two in slugging in 2004, and from 2003-06 Boston’s big bats gave the club two of the league’s top five sluggers—something no other team in the league could boast.”Tucker Elliot
“He <Ted Williams> was only a 23-year-old kid when he batted .406 in 1941, but then the season ended and our country came under attack at Pearl Harbor—and by 1943 he was a Marine fighter pilot serving overseas who cheated death on several documented occasions. He came back in 1946, and he won his first career MVP after hitting 38 home runs.”Tucker Elliot
“It’s Curt Schilling and his bloody sock staring down the Yankees in the Bronx. It’s Derek Lowe taking the mound the very next night to complete the most improbable comeback in baseball history—and then seven days later clinching the World Series. It’s Pedro Martinez and his six hitless innings of postseason relief against the Indians. Yes, it is also Cy Young and Roger Clemens, and the 192 wins in a Red Sox uniform that they share—the perfect game for Young, the 20 strikeout games for Clemens—but it is also Bill Dinneen clinching the 1903 World Series with a busted, bloody hand, and Jose Santiago shutting down Minnesota with two games left in the season to keep the 1967 Impossible Dream alive, and Jim Lonborg clinching the Impossible Dream the very next day, and Jim Lonborg again, tossing a one-hitter and a three-hitter in the 1967 World Series, and Luis Tiant in the 1975 postseason, shutting out Oakland and Cincinnati in back-to-back starts. They are all winners.”Tucker Elliot
“It took only three years for Jonathan Papelbon to surpass Bill Campbell, Lee Smith, Tom Gordon, Sparky Lyle, Derek Lowe, Jeff Reardon, Ellis Kinder, and Dick Radatz as he climbed the franchise leader board into second place all-time for saves. Papelbon closed out 2008 with 113 career saves—and on July 1, 2009, with his 20th save of the season he surpassed Bob Stanley to become the all-time franchise leader in saves.”Tucker Elliot
“Ortiz is now synonymous with walk-off homers. After all, he hit a total of nine game-ending blasts from 2002-07. And that was just in the regular season. It was his blasts in the 2004 postseason that cemented his legacy in Boston.”Tucker Elliot
“If there are any curses left in baseball, they are all on the north side of Chicago.”Tucker Elliot
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