If you talk about Boston, you have to mention its premiere and beloved professional baseball team — the Boston Red Sox. The team was founded in 1901 and has since then won eight World Series championships. Fenway park is home to this beloved group, the former also considered as Boston’s most beloved ballpark and one of the city’s must-visit sites. Despite Fenway Park’s small capacity which prevents the team from leading in overall attendance, the team has stayed — an iconic baseball team in an iconic ballpark. Both have seen losses and won victories together for more than a century already! Before 1912, they used to be housed at the Huntington Avenue Grounds from 1901-1911.
The team competes in the Major League and is considered one of the most dominant teams. It has an intense and fierce rivalry with the New York Yankees, definitely one of the most historic and notable rivalry in North American professional sports. The team, in itself, has so much to be proud of in its long history of being Boston’s most beloved team. They are the first team to win three World Series trophies in the 21st century — one in 2004, 2007, and in 2013. Overall, the team has 8 World Series Titles, 13 AL Pennants, 7 East Division Titles and 7 Wild Card Berths.
Interestingly, the team is owned by Fenway Sports Group, the same group who also owns Liverpool FC, an iconic football team in England. As to the team’s name, they weren’t always referred to as the Red Sox. There was a brief moment in the team’s inception that it was merely called ‘Boston’, ‘Bostonian’, or ‘Boston Americans’. Until 1907, this was all that was written in the team’s jerseys. The team has also tried on several nicknames including being called the ‘Pilgrims’, which team owner John Taylor dismissed in 1908 for sounding too much like ‘homeless wanderers’. It was also Taylor who officially chose the team’s name, following the National League Club in Boston called the Boston Red Stockings. The name stuck, and the American League baseball team in Boston remained the Boston Red Sox for good.