In 1901, the only baseball organization that had sustained success in the United States was the National League. Founded in 1876, one of its charter franchises was the Boston Red Stockings from the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players, or simply the National Association, which had won four of the league’s five championships. Other leagues, including the American Association and the Player’s League, had attempted to mirror the success but failed to break the monopoly held by the NL. Then Ban Johnson, the owner of a small but successful minor league system from the Midwest, decided to directly compete with the National League and turned his circuit into a major league unit. Originally, one of the eight charter franchises was supposed to be in Buffalo, where the minor league Bisons were already established, but league ownership at the last minute voted in favor of Boston over Buffalo in part to directly compete with its NL counterparts. The rest… is history.
Red Sox Legend - Jim Rice
Years with Boston: 1974-1989
Position: Left Field
Fun Fact: During his 1978 MVP campagin, he collected an amazing 406 total bases, the first to have 400 or more total bases in a single season since Hank Aaron in 1959 and a feat that's been matched since only six times. ...more on Jim Rice.
This Week in Red Sox History
23 January 1981 - Boston is forced to trade Fred Lynn to California after the team failed to mail a new contract to the former Rookie of the Year by the deadline due to an oversight by the front office. Lynn, along with pitcher Steve Renko, goes to the Angels in exchange for pitchers Frank Tanana and Jim Dorsey and left fielder Joe Rudi.
24 January 1990 - Tony Conigliaro dies of pneumonia and kidney failure at the age of 45. The former Red Sox fan favorite and Revere, MA native hit 32 home runs in 1965 at the age of 20 to become the youngest player in American League history to win the home run crown.
26 January 1990 - Boston hires Elaine Weddington Steward as an assistant general manager, making her the first high-ranking African-American female executive in Major League Baseball history.
26 January 1994 - Dan Duquette replaces Lou Gorman as general manager of the Boston Red Sox.
27 January 1994 - Red Sox public address announcer Sherm Feller, who had been at his post since the miracle 1967 season, dies of a heart attack; his replacement, Leslie Sterling, becomes the second woman to handle public address announcements for a major league club.
27 January 2009 - Author John Updike passes at the age of 76. The Pulitzer Prize winner and life-long Red Sox fan was inspired to pen the essay, Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu, after attending Ted William's last game at Fenway Park in 1960.
28 January 2003 - The Red Sox announce that seats will be added to the top of the Green Monster in left field in time for the start of the season.