Throughout its long history, Boston has been a team of both ups and downs, with many storied moments and many moments that fans would rather forget about. Are you a fan of the team? Could you pass a quiz on the Red Sox and their history? Here's your chance to find out!
The Boston Red Sox have been around since the early years of baseball, before the modern era of the game, before the rise of Babe Ruth in the live-ball era, even before their own stadium, which is the oldest in baseball. This is a team that has done it all. They've produced star players, made it to and won World Series, set records and attracted thousands of fans. It's hard not to appreciate a team with a history like that.
Can you recall everything that makes the Red Sox so great? Do you know the players and managers who led the team through the different eras? Why not take this quiz and find out? That's if you're up for a challenge, because this quiz isn't for anyone. Only true Red Sox fans will be able to answer all of these questions correctly. If you're up for the challenge, get started and prove your knowledge!
The Red Sox were originally owned by Charles Somers. However, the team was sold twice between 1902 and 1904.
The Red Sox were renamed by owner John Taylor. He chose the name after the 1907 season.
Huntington Avenue Grounds was home to the Red Sox from 1901 until 1911. The stadium held over 11,000 screaming fans.
The American League was once the Western League. It was renamed when the league declared Major League status in 1901.
Fenway Park is the oldest park in Major League Baseball. It's famous for the "Green Monster," which is a large wall on the left side of the field.
Cy Young played his entire career at pitcher. He was part of the Red Sox from 1901 until 1908, including a stint as manager in 1907.
The Red Sox, or the Americans at the time, beat the Pirates in eight games in the 1903 World Series. The series went back and forth in the first few games, but Boston won four straight and the title.
No team has won more World Series than the Red Sox' rival, the Yankees. Currently, the Yankees have 27 titles.
For years, the Red Sox broke the hearts of fans by reaching the World Series but failing to win. Two of the most evident cases were in 1946 and 1967.
Tris Speaker played center fielder for the Red Sox. He holds multiple records on the defensive side of the ball, including assists and double plays.
Babe Ruth was a seven-time World Series champion. He won three of those with the Red Sox.
Babe Ruth was known more as a hitter than as a defensive player. Over the course of his career, he hit 714 home runs.
After the trade, the Red Sox wouldn't win another World Series until the next century. The decision became known as the Curse of the Bambino.
Harry Frazee was a theater producer and director. Many people speculate that he traded Babe Ruth to finance a play on Broadway.
Bill Carrigan was a player-manager for the Red Sox. He played catcher while on the field.
The Phillies won game 1 of this series. However, they lost the next four and the World Series 4-1.
The Red Sox defeated the Brooklyn Robins in the 1916 World Series. The first three games of the series were close, but the Red Sox proved too much in the final two games, winning by a combined seven points.
Harry Hooper was part of the Golden Outfield, which also consisted of Tris Speaker and Duffy Lewis. This is regarded as one of the best outfields in the history of baseball.
Lefty Grove was a two-time World Series winner and six-time All-Star. He played for Boston from 1934 until 1941, during an era where the team was trying to rebuild.
Boston posted a record of 43-111 during the 1932 season. This was after nearly a decade of declining play.
Tom Yawkey owned the team for 44 years. For his role in rebuilding the Red Sox, he was elected to the MLB hall of fame in 1980.
During his playing time, Ted Williams received the nickname "The Greatest Hitter of All Time," as he set multiple records. He still holds the record for the highest on-base percentage.
Ted Williams' career was interrupted by World War II and the Korean War. He left baseball for a time to serve in both wars.
Ted Williams won just about every offensive award imaginable during his playing time. For his play, he was elected to the hall of fame in 1966.
This was a seven-game series that went back and forth between the two teams. However, the Cardinals managed to win the final two games, with a 4-3 victory in game 7.
No one believed the Red Sox would make it to the 1967 World Series, yet they did. However, they lost again to the Cardinals, continuing the Curse of the Bambino.
This was another long series between the Cardinals and the Red Sox that saw the Cardinals go up 3-1 in the series only for Boston to storm back and tie the series 3-3. However, the Cardinals dominated the last game and won the World Series.
Fred Lynn had an outstanding rookie season playing with the Red Sox. Aside from his Rookie of the Year award, he was also named the AL MVP.
Roger Clemens won more Cy Young Awards than any other pitcher in baseball. He was also an 11-time All-Star and won two World Series.
The Red Sox went into the 1986 World Series as huge underdogs. They managed to push the series to seven games, but lost the final game 8-5.
This series saw one of the greatest comebacks in playoff history. After going up 3-0, the Yankees lost four straight, and the Red Sox advanced to the World Series.
The "Bloody Sock" will forever live in Red Sox lore. The event happened in game 6 of the ALCS in 2004 against the Yankees, where Curt Schilling pitched a game while his foot bled from stitches.
After 86 years, the Curse of the Bambino was finally over. The Boston Red Sox were World Series champions once again.
The Red Sox followed up their success three years later by winning another World Series. This time they swept the Rockies to win the title.
David Ortiz became a Boston legend after winning three World Series with the team. For his accomplishments, the Red Sox retired his number 34.