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 - Nomar Garciaparra
Years with Boston: 1996-2004
Fun Fact: On his 29th birthday in 2002, Garciaparra stroked three home runs in two consecutive innings against Tampa Bay, the only player in major league history to accomplish said feat. He also tied a record with five home runs in consecutive games. ...more on Nomar Garciaparra.
This Week in Red Sox History
24 August 1940 - Ted Williams is used as a pitcher for the only time in his career in a 10-1 loss to the Tigers in the opener of a double-header at Fenway Park.
24 August 2002 - Flying out to center field in the bottom of the sixth inning, Red Sox outfielder Manny Ramirez ends a streak of 14 consecutive at-bats in which he reaches base, which includes nine hits and five walks. Former Boston outfielder Ted Williams holds the major league record with 16.
25 August 2012 - In one of the biggest and most surprising trades in team history, the Red Sox send Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez, Nick Punto and cash to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for Ivan De Jesus, James Loney and Allen Webster. The Dodgers later complete the trade by sending Rubby De La Rosa and Jerry Sands to the Red Sox on 04 October.
26 August 1957 - For the second time this season, the Red Sox connect for four home runs in one inning, besting the Athletics 16-0.
27 August 1990 - Ellis Burks becomes the first Red Sox player since former second baseman Bill Regan in 1928 to hit two home runs in one inning as an eight-run fourth helps Boston rock Cleveland, 12-4. Burks also finishes with five RBI.
28 August 1950 - Boston rallies from an 11-run deficit to beat Cleveland 15-14 at Fenway Park, one day after the Red Sox rallied from seven down to best the Indians.
29 August 1967 - The Red Sox and Yankees tie a record for most innings played in a doubleheader by combining for 29 frames. Boston wins the opener 2-1 in nine innings, but New York gains the split in a 4-3, hard-fought 20-inning decision in the second game.
30 August 1916 - Dutch Leonard throws a no-hitter against St. Louis in a 4-0 win for Boston. The previous day, Leonard was unable to get out of the first inning in the first half of a doubleheader.
30 August 1918 - Future Red Sox Hall of Fame player Ted Williams is born in San Diego, CA, as Carl Mays pitches two complete-game victories for Boston at Fenway Park.
30 August 1960 - Infielder Pete Runnels collects nine hits during a doubleheader at Fenway Park, tying a major league record, as the Red Sox sweep the Tigers with a 5-4, extra inning win in the opener and a 3-2 victory in the second game.