Was It the Red Sox or the Yankees?

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Gavin Thagard

5 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

A trophy case of titles, a curse, Hall of Fame players and story-book moments; the Red Sox and Yankees rivalry has it all, which is one of the reasons both teams are so fun to watch, especially when they play each other. How well do you know these teams, though? Could you pass this quiz by telling us if it was the Red Sox or the Yankees? Give it a shot and find out!

The Red Sox and Yankees have been around since Major League Baseball was founded in 1903, the first year of the modern World Series. Since then, both teams have developed a rich history individually and against one another, creating one of the greatest rivalries in all of professional sports. These two teams have each fielded all-star-caliber teams with some of the most legendary players in baseball history, many who played for both teams, which only added fuel to the rivalry when these teams met on the field. 

If you choose to keep up with any sport's rivalry, the Red Sox and Yankees are definitely worth your time. If you're already a fan of either team, then this quiz is worth your time as well. Take it and test your knowledge on the Red Sox and Yankees!


Which team plays at Fenway Park?

Fenway Park was built in 1912. That makes it the oldest park in MLB.

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Which team has won 27 World Series titles?

The Yankees have more World Series than any other team in MLB. The next closest is the Cardinals with 11.

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Which team won the 1903 World Series?

This was the first World Series in the MLB history. The Red Sox defeated the Pirates in eight games to win the championship.

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Which team has 24 players in the Hall of Fame?

The Yankees have more players in the Hall of Fame than any other team in baseball. The Giants are behind them with 20 players.

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Which team played the New York Giants in the 1923 World Series?

1923 was the first time the Yankees won a World Series. They defeated the Giants in six games.

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Who did Babe Ruth sign with in 1914?

Babe Ruth primarily played pitcher while he was with the Red Sox. However, his talents wouldn't be fully realized until he was traded to the Yankees.

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Which team did Babe Ruth hit 49 home runs with?

Babe Ruth finished his career with 714 home runs. That was a record that stood until Hank Aaron broke it in 1974.

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This team retired numbers 1 through 10.

Many legends have passed through the Yankees' franchise. Of those players, 22 numbers have been retired.

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This team was once called the Americans.

When the Red Sox traded Babe Ruth, it became known as the "Curse of the Bambino." They wouldn't win another championship for nearly a century.

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Which team was established in 1901?

Though there were baseball leagues before 1903, Major League Baseball officially started that year when the National League and the American League started playing against each other. Both the Red Sox and the Yankees are part of the American League.

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This team won back-to-back World Series in 1915 and 1916.

During the 1910s, however, the Red Sox were one of the most dominant teams. They won four championships during that period.

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Which team did Lou Gehrig play for?

Lou Gehrig was an inspirational and dominant baseball player for the Yankees. However, he's probably best known for the disease that ended his career and life early.

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This team's colors are gray and navy blue.

The Yankees were originally named the Orioles and later the Highlanders. The team changed the name to the Yankees in 1913.

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Which team was owned by John Taylor?

John Taylor owned the Red Sox from 1904 until 1911. He's credited with giving the team the name "Red Sox."

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Ted Williams played for this team.

Ted Williams' career was interrupted by both WWII and the Korean War. Despite that, he is regarded as one of the greatest players in baseball history.

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This team built a wall known as the Green Monster.

The Green Monster stands 37.2 feet tall. That makes it the tallest wall in MLB.

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Which team did Joe DiMaggio play for?

Though he wasn't known for home runs, Joe DiMaggio was one of the greatest hitters of all time. He once had a 56-game hitting streak, a record that stands today.

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This team shared Shea Stadium with the Mets for two seasons.

In 1974 and 1975, Yankees Stadium went through a series of upgrades to improve the ballpark. In the meantime, the team had to share a stadium with the Mets, along with the Jets and the Giants from the NFL.

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Which team gave up Slaughter's Mad Dash in the 1946 World Series?

This play gave the Cardinals the lead in Game 7 of the 1946 World Series. The Cardinals would maintain that lead and win the World Series four games to three.

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Which team had a player break the single-season home run record by hitting 61 home runs in 1961?

Both playing for the Yankees, Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris set out in 1961 to break Babe Ruth's single-season home run record. Injuries eventually kept Mantle out of the race, but Maris was able to make history when he hit his 61st home run in the last game of the season.

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Which team was known for Murderers' Row?

Murderers' Row was a series of batters that no pitcher wanted to play against. Though their dominance spanned throughout the 1920s, 1927 was known as the fiercest year for these sluggers.

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Which team did Carl Yastrzemski play for?

Carl Yastrzemski spent his entire career with the Red Sox, going to 18 All-Star games and earning one AL MVP. His number 8 was retired by the team.

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Which team is known for the "Impossible Dream"?

No one expected the Red Sox to make it to the 1967 World Series. Even after making it there, they pushed the Cardinals to a seven-game​ series before losing in the last game.

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Which team did Yogi Berra play for?

Yogi Berra not only played for the Yankees, but he managed the team after he retired. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1972.

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This team was swept by the Dodgers in the 1963 World Series.

It's rare for the Yankees to get swept in a World Series. In fact, this was the first time they were swept since winning their first World Series in 1923.

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This team drafted Roger Clemens.

Roger Clemens was one of the most dominant pitchers to ever take the mound. He won multiple awards throughout his career, including seven Cy Young Awards.

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Which team lost the 1986 World Series in seven games?

The Red Sox played the Mets in the 1986 World Series. They pushed the series to seven games but lost 8-5 in Game 7.

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Derek Jeter played for this team.

Derek Jeter played shortstop for the Yankees throughout his career. He was a worthy leader for the team, guiding them to five championships.

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Which team did Roger Clemens win two World Series with?

Roger Clemens is both a champion and a record holder. However, his career is held in controversy because of his association with steroids.

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This team is known for the "Bloody Sock."

In the 2004 playoffs, Curt Schilling pitched a game against the Yankees where his sock was soaked in blood from an ankle injury. The Red Sox won the game and the series, earning Schilling a place in Red Sox lore.

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This team has been called the "Evil Empire."

No team in American team sports has been as dominant as the Yankees. For that, they've earned the title of the "Evil Empire."

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This team played the Cardinals in the 2004 World Series.

This was the first World Series championship for the Red Sox in 86 years. It effectively ended the "Curse of the Bambino."

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Hideki Matsui was the MVP in the 2009 World Series for this team.

The Yankees defeated the Phillies four games to two in the 2009 World Series. This was the Yankees latest World Series victory.

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From 2012 to 2013, this team went from last to first in the AL East.

This was only the 11th time in MLB history that a team went from last to first in only one season. The Red Sox would go on to win the World Series in 2013.

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Which team drafted Aaron Judge?

Aaron Judge has quickly become one of the rising stars in MLB. In his first full season with the Yankees, he was named the AL Rookie of the Year and earned the Silver Slugger Award.

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