The Boston Red Sox are an American professional baseball team. They are based in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Red Sox was founded in 1901. The nicknames of the team are the Sox, the BoSox and the Olde Towne Team. The team take part in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) East division. The Owners of the franchise are Fenway Sports Group (John Henry (Principal Owner), Tom Werner (Chairman), Sam Kennedy (CEO)). The Manager of the team is John Farrell. Since 1912, Fenway Park is the Ballpark of the team and their previous Ballpark was Huntington Avenue Grounds.
One of the most-storied teams in American sports, the Red Sox has won eight World Series championships and 13 American League (AL) pennants to this point. Although, the franchise is a strong team in the league, they went on to have one of the longest championship droughts in baseball history. They won a world championship in 1918 and thereafter, had to wait 86 years before the team's 6th World Championship in 2004. Neil Diamond's Sweet Caroline has happened to be an anthem for the Red Sox.
The home ground of the Red Sox, Fenway Park is the oldest of all present major league ballparks. The official capacity of Fenway is 37,673. Fenway Park not only hosts the home of the Boston Red Sox, but also a lot of professional football games, wrestling competitions, lacrosse, basketball and hockey. The team formally adopted the name Boston Red Sox in 1908, just after 7 years of its establishment.
The Sox enjoyed instant success and they attained it because of their star player, Cy Young. Cy Young was the premiere pitcher of his generation. The team offered some of the most gifted hitters in baseball history and a few of them are Jimmie Foxx, Carl Yastrzemski, Carlton Fisk, Jim Rice, Manny Ramirez, and Ted Williams. The team also produced some of the great pitchers of the game including Luis Tiant, Roger Clemens, and Pedro Martinez.
Boston could win their first World Series, in 1903. The team defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates to win their first World Series. They won four more championships from next few years (1912, 1915, 1916, and 1918). The centre fielder Tris Speaker (1907–15), pitcher Smokey Joe Wood (1908–15), and a young pitcher-turned-outfielder named Babe Ruth (1914–19) played a huge role to the success of the Red Sox in these years.
The franchise turned out to be the first team to win three World Series trophies in the 21st century subsequent to their victory in the 2004, 2007 and 2013 World Series. Red Sox’s intense rivalry with the New York Yankees is well known. The rivalry between the Sox and arguably the Yankees are the most ferocious and most historic in North American professional sports.
The Red Sox are over and over again one of the top MLB teams in average road attendance. The Red Sox sold out their every home game from 2003 to 2013 and it will come around a sum of 820 games which is a major professional sports record.