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 - Carl Yastrzemski
Years with Boston: 1961-1983
Position: Left Field
Fun Fact: When Yastrzemski retired following the 1983 season, he finished with 3,308 games played for Boston, the most appearances by a player in a Red Sox uniform. He also finished with 13,991 plate appearances, also a Red Sox record. ...more on Carl Yastrzemski.
This Week in Red Sox History
20 June 1994 - Boston beats Toronto 4-1 at SkyDome to end an 11-game losing streak.
21 June 1916 - Rube Foster no-hits the Yankees 2-0 at Fenway Park, striking out three and walking two.
21 June 1938 - Red Sox third baseman Pinky Higgins sets a major league record with 12 hits in twelve consecutive at-bats.
21 June 2009 - Light-hitting shortstop Nick Green leads off the bottom of the ninth inning with a solo shot down the right field line at Fenway Park that gives Boston a 6-5 win over Atlanta. The ball lands just past the Pesky Pole in the right field stands, a mere 305 feet from home plate but far enough to give the Red Sox a walk-off win over the Braves.
22 June 1982 - Rookie Wade Boggs hits his first major league home run in the bottom of the 11th inning to give Boston a 5-4 win over Detroit at Fenway Park.
23 June 1917 - Ernie Shore takes over for Babe Ruth after the starting pitcher is ejected following an argument with the umpire over walking the first batter. After the runner was caught stealing, Shore retired the next 26 batters as Boston wins 4-0.
23 June 1954 - While losing 8-7 in 17 innings to the Orioles, the Red Sox execute a triple play in the first inning.
24 June 1911 - Owner John I. Taylor announces plans to build a new ballpark in the Fenway section of Boston that eventually becomes Fenway Park.
24 June 2010 - Dustin Pedroia hits three home runs, including a two-run shot in the 10th, to lead the Red Sox to a wild 13-11 victory over the Rockies at Coors Field. It was the first three-homer game by a Boston player since 2004.
24 June 2012 - The Red Sox send first baseman Kevin Youkilis and cash to the White Sox for Brent Lillibridge and Zach Stewart following a 9-4 Red Sox win over the Braves at Fenway Park. Ahead of the trade, Youkilis goes 2-for-4 and hits an RBI triple in the seventh inning before being lifted for pinch-hitter Nick Punto.
25 June 1926 - Outfielder Baby Doll Johnson plays his seventh consecutive game for the Red Sox without a fielding chance, setting a major league record; the streak spans 64-1/3 innings.
26 June 1962 - Red Sox pitcher Earl Wilson throws a no-hitter before a small crowd at Fenway Park and also helps his cause with a home run in a 2-0 win over the Angels.