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 - Carlton Fisk
Years with Boston: 1969, 1971-1980
Fun Fact: In 1972, his first full season with the club, Fisk batted 293 with 22 home runs and 61 RBI and became the first player to receive a unanimous vote from the baseball writers for for Rookie of the Year honors. ...more on Carlton Fisk.
This Week in Red Sox History
15 December 1992 - Wade Boggs, after eleven season in Boston, signs a free agent deal with the Yankees.
15 December 2000 - The Red Sox sign free agent pitcher Hideo Nomo to a one-year deal. The 1995 National League Rookie of the Year throws Boston's first no-hitter since 1965 in his first start for the club and posts a 13-10 record with a 4.50 ERA in his one season with the Sox.
16 December 2009 - Boston signs free agents John Lackey (pitcher) and Mike Cameron (outfielder) to contracts. Lackey gets a five-year, $82.5 million contract with a sixth-year club option, while Cameron gets two years and $15.5 million.
17 December 1907 - The Red Sox' team name becomes official in an announcement by club owner John I. Taylor.
20 December 1973 - Joe Cronin retires as president of the American League; Lee McPhail takes his place.
20 December 2001 - A group led by John Henry, Tom Werner, and Larry Lucchino purchase the Red Sox from the Jean R. Yawkey Trust for $660 million.
20 December 2005 - Boston's rivalry with New York is further fueled as free agent Johnny Damon spurns an offer from the Red Sox and signs a four-year, $52 million contract with the Yankees.
21 December 2001 - Free agent outfielder Johnny Damon leaves Oakland after one season and signs a four-year deal with Boston, one of Dan Duquette's last major signing.