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 - Lefty Grove
Years with Boston: 1934-1941
Fun Fact: Grove is one of one four pitchers in franchise history to hit a grand slam, doing so in July of 1935 in an extra-inning loss to the Philadelphia Athletics. In his career, he hit 15 total home runs and just four with Boston. ...more on Lefty Grove.
This Week in Red Sox History
25 November 1949 - Ted Williams wins his second American League Most Valuable Player award; the Red Sox outfielder finished only .0002 points shy of the batting title, which would have also won him the Triple Crown for a third time.
25 November 1998 - Mo Vaughn signs a free agent contract with the Anaheim Angels.
25 November 2002 - Having grown up in the shadows of Fenway Park in Brookline, MA, twenty-eight-year-old Theo Epstein becomes the youngest general manager in Major League Baseball history when the Red Sox select him to replace interim GM Mike Port.
26 November 1975 - Fred Lynn becomes the first ballplayer to win Most Valuable Player honors in the same season that he wins Rookie of the Year. The Red Sox outfielder receives 22 of 24 first-place votes.
28 November 1958 - The Red Sox sign Notre Dame sophomore Carl Yastrzemski to a minor league contract worth $108,000.
28 November 2003 - Boston trades four players, including pitcher Casey Fossum, to Arizona for former Red Sox pitching prospect Curt Schilling.
30 November 1926 - Former skipper Bill Carrigan comes out of retirement at the request of Boston ownership to once again manage the Red Sox. However, after three seasons of futility, Carrigan retires for good in December 1929.