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 - Harry Hooper
Years with Boston: 1909-1920
Position: Right Field
Fun Fact: Hooper was the only player who appeared in all four World Series with the Red Sox between 1912 and 1918. He was also the first player to hit two home runs in a single World Series game. ...more on Harry Hooper.
This Week in Red Sox History
22 March 1972 - The Red Sox trade reliever Sparky Lyle to the Yankees for first baseman Danny Cater. Lyle notches 141 saves and the 1977 Cy Young Award over the next seven seasons for the Bronx Bombers while Cater, brought in to replace power-hitting first baseman George Scott, hits .237 and only eight home runs in his first season and becomes a benchwarmer for his last two years with Boston.
23 March 2005 - Red Sox ownership announces that the team will remain in Fenway Park for the immediate future, ending any speculation of the team building a new ballpark in Boston. The only request made by the team is for the city to consider improvements to the surrounding neighborhood as the club promises to continue to upgrade the park to meet modern standards.
26 March 1977 - Rico Petrocelli is released by the Red Sox after thirteen seasons with the club.
26 March 2008 - Boston opens the regular season at the Tokyo Dome in Japan with a 6-5 win over Oakland. Hideki Okajima earns the win in relief while rookie Brandon Moss sends the game to extra frames with a two-out, ninth-inning home run.