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 - Fred Lynn
Years with Boston: 1974-1980
Position: Right Field
Fun Fact: By far, his best season offensively with Boston was not his rookie campaign of 1975, when he won league MVP and Rookie of the Year honors, but 1979, when he batted .333 with 39 home runs and 122 RBI; however, he finished a distant fourth in the MVP vote. ...more on Fred Lynn.
This Week in Red Sox History
2 March 1901 - Jimmy Collins agrees to leave the cross-town Braves to serve as a player-manager for the new American League ball club and owner Charles Somers.
4 March 1921 - Veteran Red Sox right fielder Harry Hooper is traded to the White Sox in exchange for outfielders Nemo Leibold and Shano Collins.