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 - Cy Young
Years with Boston: 1901-1908
Fun Fact: Young became the first American League pitcher to throw a perfect game on 05 May 1904. Sandwiched around this feat was the fact that he threw 23 consecutive no-hit innings: eight innings in his previous start and six innings in the following one. ...more on Cy Young.
This Week in Red Sox History
1 February 1984 - Lou Gorman is hired as the general manager of the Red Sox, replacing Haywood Sullivan.
5 February 2004 - Returning home to where he started his career, free agent designated hitter Ellis Burks signs a one-year deal with Boston.
6 February 1958 - Ted Williams signs with the Red Sox for $135,000, making him the highest-paid player in Major League Baseball history.