The Boston Red Sox will kick off their new season on April 13th at the renowned Fenway Park. For many, opening game marks the true arrival of spring. As you get yourself geared up to watch some baseball action as the Red Sox take on the Washington Nationals, there is no better time than now to explore the team’s storied history.
Owned by Fenway Sports Group, the Boston Red Sox as they are currently named were originally formed in 1907 when owner John I. Taylor changed the name from Boston Americans. The name was meant as a reference to the red hose that was used in the team uniform starting in 1908. According to legend, the word “Stockings” was shortened to “Sox” because the shorter word was more headline-friendly for newspapers. The original team, the Boston Americans, dates back to 1901.
Before changing the name to the Boston Red Sox, the Boston Americans enjoy a great deal of success. The team claimed the AL pennant in both 1903 and 1904. The team also won in 1903 after participating in its first modern World Series against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Despite the fact that the Pirates were heavily favored, the Americans won 5 games to 3 in the best-of-nine series. The team wouldn’t claim another title until four years after changing its name to the Red Sox.
In 1914, Babe Ruth became a member of the Boston Red Sox. It is no coincidence that the team went on to win many championships after he was added to the roster. In fact, the team claimed both the AL pennant and the World Series in 1915, 1916 and 1918. During these successful years, Harry Frazee purchased the team from Joseph Lannin for $500,000 in 1916. Three years later, he sold Babe Ruth to rival New York Yankees amid considerable controversy. The Yankees went on to achieve great success with Ruth on their roster and the Red Sox wouldn’t win another World Series until 2004. Modern day fans know that the team also went on to claim the World Series in 2007 and then again in 2013.
Today, the Red Sox have a massive following. In fact, the team consistently is among the top in terms of the average number of fans attending road games. Due to the small capacity of Fenway Park, however, the team cannot compete against other teams in terms of overall attendance. It is worth noting that the team has sold out at every home game from May 15, 2003 to April 10, 2013 for a total of 820 games straight.
Of course, even those who do not consider themselves to be fans of the Boston Red Sox consider it to be something special to take in a ball game at Fenway Park. Originally opened on April 20, 1912, the historic park has undergone numerous renovations. Due to its historical significance, the park was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on March 7, 2012, just a few weeks after the park celebrated its centennial birthday.