The Boston Red Sox are a Major League Baseball team based out of Boston, Massachusetts that plays in the American League East Division. In 1901, Boston created a professional baseball franchise as a part of the new American League and has since become one of the most popular franchises in the sport. Being one of the first pro baseball teams in the United States, Boston’s squad was nicknamed the Americans before they adapted their Red Sox nickname in 1908 to pay tribute to their uniforms. Since 1912, the Red Sox have played their home games at the iconic Fenway Park, the oldest ball park that is still in use today.
But not all was bad in Beantown during “The Curse.” The Boston baseball franchise began their history as one of the most successful teams in the MLB. From 1903 to 1918, the Sox dominated the American League, winning six pennants and five World Series titles. Much of the team’s early success was attributed to having the most legendary player in all of baseball history on their team. Star pitcher, Babe Ruth led the league in ERA, games started, complete games, and shutouts all in a span of two years while taking Boston to the top of the league. In December of 1919, the event that caused the notorious “Curse of the Bambino” occurred when new owner Harry Frazee sold Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees for $500,000. From that point on, the Red Sox were said to be cursed, having heart break season after heart break season for over 85 years. Despite the struggle to win, not all was bad in Beantown during “The Curse.” In 1939, the Red Sox acquired future Hall of Famer, Ted Williams, from the San Diego Padres. Hitting for both power and average, Williams is considered by many to be the greatest hitter in the history of the game. Besides Williams, the late 1930s and 1940s saw some of the biggest names in the game play for the Old Towne Team. Players, like Johnny Pesky, Bobby Doerr, Ted Williams, and Dom DiMaggio, lined the roster for the Sox. However, the Korean War caused many Major Leaguers, including Williams, to miss multiple seasons to serve in the armed forces. Retiring in 1960, Williams fittingly hit a homerun in his final career at-bat. To this day, Ted Williams is the last player to bat over .400 in a season, dating all the way back to his 1941 campaign where he batted .406.
Twenty years later, in 1961, the Red Sox were rewarded again with the debut of young left fielder, Carl Yastrzemski. While the Red Sox wouldn't collect that elusive World Series Championship during his playing career, Yastrzemski did claim nearly every franchise record for offense, including most RBIs, runs, singles, doubles, hits, total bases, and games played. The Sox, led by "Yaz," won the American League pennant in 1967 before eventually bowing out to Bob Gibson and the St. Louis Cardinals, who won the Series that year. The Sox surrounded Yastrzemski with other very talented position players, including Jim Rice, Fred Lynn, Carlton Fisk, and Dwight Evans, and made another World Series appearance in 1975. Facing Cincinnati's feared "Big Red Machine" offense, the Sox and Reds partook in one of the most memorable World Series ever played. With the series leaning Cincinnati's way three games to two, Game Six at Boston's Fenway Park produced arguably the greatest postseason game in baseball history. With the game tied 6-6 in the bottom of the twelfth, Boston catcher Carlton Fisk stepped to the plate, literally. With the game on the line, Fisk blasted a deep fly ball towards left field. As the ball sailed into the cold Massachusetts night, Fisk waved his arms as if to guide the ball fair as it soared over the Green Monster and over Lansdowne Street. Considered one of the greatest homeruns and most memorable moments in MLB history, Fisk's homerun forced a seventh game where, unfortunately for Sox fans, the Reds beat the Sox 4-3.The building blocks for the now-famous Red Sox-Yankees rivalry were officially laid in 1978. In a one-game playoff at Fenway to decide the American League East champion, Yankees' shortstop, Bucky Dent, hit a homerun that gave New York the lead and ultimately the win. Hitting only 40 home runs during his 12-year career, Dent's name has become completely taboo among Boston sports fan. Eight years later, Boston fans had their hearts broken again, by a different New York Yankees team. It’s almost impossible to talk about Sox history and not bring up Bill Buckner's error in Game Six of the 1986 World Series against the New York Mets. With champagne on ice, the Red Sox blew a 5-3 lead in the tenth inning before a ground ball hit by Mookie Wilson went between Buckner's legs and into the outfield, giving Ray Knight a chance to score and forcing a seventh game. The Sox lost Game Seven, making the Curse seem all the more real.After decades of excruciating winless pain, Red Sox fans finally rejoiced in 2004 when the curse was lifted by the World Series winning team known as “The Idiots”. Led by players, such as Manny Ramirez, Johnny Damon, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, and David Ortiz, the 2004 Boston Red Sox were a team that will be remembered forever. In one of the most memorable events in sports history, the Sox miraculously came back from a 3-0 deficit in the American League Championship Series to defeat their archrival New York Yankees in seven games. A series that saw David Ortiz hit two walk-off game-winning hits, Dave Roberts' series-saving steal of second base in Game Four and Curt Schilling's unforgettable 'bloody-sock' in Game Six, Boston's 2004 ALCS comeback is one of the greatest stories in baseball history. The Sox then turned their attention to the National League Champion, the St. Louis Cardinals. After slugging past St. Louis in Game One, Boston's starting rotation of Curt Schilling, Pedro Martinez and Derek Lowe led the team to victories in Games Two, Three and Four. The Sox won the Series-clinching Game Four on the same night of a total lunar eclipse and captured their first World Series Championship in 86 years to officially end the Curse of the Bambino. Since then, the Bean Town baseball team has been one of the most dominant in Major League Baseball, taking home World Series victories in 2007 and 2013.
One of the most popular, historic and recognizable franchises on Earth, the Boston Red Sox continue to forge a future as bright as their storied past. The winner of seven World Series Championships since their formation as one of the American League's original teams in 1901, the Sox have no shortage of legends whose stories will be passed on for generations. If you are a faithful citizen of the Nation, SportsMemorabilia.com is your number one spot for all things Boston Red Sox. Be sure to take a look at the one-of-a-kind authentic autographed pieces from some of the greatest Sox stars of all-time. Whether you’re a fan of legendary Red Sox, like Ted Williams and Carl Yastrzemski, or their newest heroes, David Ortiz and Xander Bogaerts, we have the perfect items for your to add to your Boston Red Sox collection.
Collecting Boston Red Sox Memorabilia
Ted Williams Autographed Jerseys
: One of the greatest hitters in the history of baseball, Ted Williams has forever left his mark on both his sport and his nation. A man who saw combat in both the Korean War and World War II, Ted Williams became to this day the last hitter to bat over .400 for a season when he batted .406 in 1941. A man remembered throughout the sports world as the defining figure of a generation, authentic Ted Williams memorabilia is an absolute must-have for serious Sox fans. If you're considering adding the great Ted Williams to your sports collection, look no further than a Red Sox jersey hand-signed by the two-time American League Most Valuable Player himself. Many players have had the privilege of wearing the iconic red and white Boston Red Sox jerseys, but there is arguably none better than the legendary Ted Williams. An absolute Hall of Fame addition to your sports room or collection, an authentic Ted Williams signed jersey is the perfect way to commemorate one of the greatest hitters the world has ever seen.
Carl Yastrzemski Autographed Baseballs
One of the most popular players in Boston sports history, Carl Yastrzemski roamed in the shadows of the Green Monster for the better part of 23 years. The city of Boston has been lucky enough to be home to some of the greatest hitters to ever grace Major League Baseball. Carl Yastrzemski, better known to Sox fans as “Yaz”, was a 19-time All-Star and Triple Crown winner for Boston from 1961-1983. There is no more fitting way to celebrate the 3,000 hit club member than with an authentic Carl Yastrzemski signed baseball. Featuring a Carl Yastrzemski autographed from the 1967 American League Most Valuable Player himself, there's no better way to commemorate the MLB icon that a signed ball. WithCarl Yastrzemski autographed baseballs that include special inscriptions denoting his greatest achievements, like his Hall of Fame induction in 1989, fans and collectors can take home a piece of MLB history. An absolute must-have for any serious Boston sports fan, Yaz is a legendary player Red Sox Nation will never forget.
David Ortiz Autographed Photos
: Arguably no player in Boston baseball history has been as loved by Red Sox fans as David Ortiz has. After coming to Bean Town from the Twin Cities, Ortiz has been a critical part of the Sox three 21st century World Series wins and even took home the World Series MVP Award in 2013. Relive all of the greatest moments from Big Papi’s career when you take home an authentic David Ortiz signed photo. Fans and collectors can celebrate alongside Ortiz with an autographed photo of the designated hitter in a dog pile with his Boston teammates after clinching championships in 2004, 2007, and 2013, as well as the league’s best slugger during the Red Sox victory parade. A David Ortiz autographed photo is unquestionably the best way to prove that you’re the ultimate Red Sox fan while investing in sports memorabilia of value.
Dustin Pedroia Autographed Bats
: As the Red Sox’s lethal secret weapon, Boston can always count on Dustin Pedroia when he steps up to bat. Widely known for his astonishingly low strikeout rate and massive power for his small size, Pedroia is one of the MLB’s top hitters. The four-time All-Star has played for the Red Sox since joining the MLB, and has become a key contributor to the team’s success as the future of the Boston franchise. As one of the best sluggers in the game, a Dustin Pedroia autographed bat is a unique addition to any sports collection that will continue to acquire worth as significance as the Red Sox second baseman continues to write his name in baseball history. With a selection of various types of Dustin Pedroia signed bats to choose from Red Sox fans can commemorate their favorite home runs from the Laser Show and honor his two Boston World Series championships.
Most popular Boston Red Sox players: Mookie Betts
, Jackie Bradley Jr.
, Rafael Devers
, Carlton Fisk
, Pedro Martinez
, Hanley Ramirez
, Manny Ramirez
, Jim Rice
, Chris Sale
, Jason Varitek