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 - Tony Conigliaro
Years with Boston: 1964-1970, 1975
Position: Right Field
Fun Fact: In just his second big-league season (1965), Conigliaro won the home run crown for the American League with 32 long balls. He later became the youngest player to reach the 100 home run mark in 1967. ...more on Tony Conigliaro.
This Week in Red Sox History
28 February 2002 - Dan Duquette, after eight seasons as general manager, is fired less than a day after new ownership takes control of the Red Sox.
1 March 1954 - Ted Williams suffers a broken collarbone on the first day of spring training. The "Splendid Splinter" will miss the first four weeks of the regular season as a result.
1 March 2012 - Catcher Jason Varitek makes it official and retires after 15 seasons with the Red Sox in which he caught four no-hitters. He also ends his career having caught 1,488 games, most in franchise 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.