The team that won the first World Series in baseball’s modern era is now officially a part of the Sports by the Numbers franchise!
THE TEAM: The Boston Red Sox dominated the early 20th century, winning five World Series titles before the Evil Empire tasted postseason success for the first time. With the 86-year nightmare that followed now firmly in the past, Boston is dominant once again, having become the first team to win multiple World Series titles in the 21st century. The Sports by the Numbers team will take you back to the very beginning, to Huntington Avenue Grounds and names like Cy Young and Tris Speaker, and then one number at a time you will relive the greatest moments in Red Sox history.
THE FORMAT: The presentation created by the authors distinguishes Sports by the Numbers from everything else available today. Boston Red Sox is composed of ten chapters, each offering one hundred numbered “mini-stories” — facts, anomalies, records, coincidences, and enthralling lore and trivia from contemporary stars such as David Ortiz, Jason Varitek, and Dustin Pedroia, to Hall of Fame legends from the past like Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, Carl Yastrzemski, Carlton Fisk, and Wade Boggs. Each chapter begins with an introduction that highlights the many exciting stories found in these pages such as the first modern World Series in 1903, Teddy Ballgame’s only World Series in 1946, the Impossible Dream in 1967, the postseason heartache in 1975 and 1986, and the postseason miracle in 2004.
Sports by the Numbers books are not just for diehard sports fans, but for every fan and sports history reader who loves sports and wants to know more about their heroes and favorite teams.
FROM THE INTRODUCTION
The Fenway Faithful are fully aware how painful and tragic some of the most compelling moments in baseball history are, precisely because many of those same moments defined Red Sox fandom for 86 years. That curse is over, however, and a new era is upon us. Boston celebrated the miracle that was 2004, the validation that was 2007, and today, its fans look ahead unafraid, unburdened, expecting nothing short of greatness, but able to withstand the inevitable heartache, any letdowns that await, knowing that all franchises share in great moments from time to time but the truly great franchises, such as ours, have more than a moment — much more.
We have a legacy.
A legacy that began with the first world championship in baseball’s modern era and that continues to grow in the 21st century, as Boston became the first club to claim two titles in this new millennia. It is a compelling legacy built on the talents of legends, some of the greatest this game has ever known. It is a legacy defined by individuals who stretch the limits of our imaginations through feats that verge on the inexplicable. It is a legacy that casts a long shadow on this game, our national pastime, for it is impossible to separate the history of the Red Sox and the history of baseball — without Boston, any telling of baseball’s history would be incomplete. This team is the legacy of Mr. Yawkey, who brought honor and prestige and a desire to compete back to Fenway. And this team is our legacy — the fans who persevered, who loved the Red Sox even when the club let us down.
This book is a tribute to that legacy.
In the coming pages you will read about the greatest numbers in franchise history — those that were retired in honor of our greatest legends. And the biggest names from every era are all here: Young, Speaker, Cronin, Ruth, Williams, Doerr, Pesky, DiMaggio, Yastrzemski, Fisk, Rice, Evans, Lynn, Clemens, Boggs, Ortiz, Varitek, Ramirez, and Pedroia, just to name a few.
Every Hall of Famer from Red Sox history is in this book — as is every award winner, the greatest performances in franchise history, the postseason triumphs and heartaches, the fan-favorite players who never became stars, all the glory, the passion, and emotion that the greatest moments in Red Sox history evoke are all here.
A thousand numbers await you, and they all tell the story of the Boston Red Sox. The format is unique, intriguing, and compelling, because as baseball fans we all love the numbers, and in these pages the numbers celebrate records, lore, trivia, personalities, anomalies, championships won, championships lost, the good and the bad, and all that is great about baseball and the Boston Red Sox.
Now sit back, reminisce, and enjoy.
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