Multiple World Series titles, countless Most Valuable Players, and a slew of other awards; the Boston Red Sox franchise is as storied as any other franchise in baseball, even if they broke the hearts of fans for nearly a century. Do you know everything there is to know about the Red Sox? Here's a quiz where you can find out!
Few fan bases in any sport have suffered through a history quite like that of the Boston Red Sox. Most fans today don't know that the Red Sox were actually good and capable of not only winning but dominating before the long streak began where they couldn't win a championship to save their life. Those fans do know about the heartaches over the years, as the team constantly came so close, only to falter and let fans down in the end. Of course, that was until the new millennium, when the franchise was finally able to put its past behind it and give fans the championship they had been craving.
The Boston Red Sox were one of the first teams in Major League Baseball, which began in 1903. They were part of another league for two years before merging into MLB.
Major League Baseball is divided into two leagues, the American League and the National League. The National League was founded 25 years before the American League.
Fenway Park opened for play in 1912. It is the oldest stadium still used in Major League Baseball.
The Cy Young Award is given each year to the best pitcher in MLB for each league. The award was created in 1956, a year after Cy Young's death.
This turned into an eight game series because of a tie in game two. After several close games, the Red Sox won the series 4-3-1.
In the early years of the game, Tris Speaker helped put baseball on the map. He was not only a great center fielder but a great hitter.
Babe Ruth was signed by owner Joseph Lannin. Lannin was a Canadian-born businessman who became the sole owner of the Red Sox in 1914.
Babe Ruth finished his career with seven World Series titles. Of course, four of those titles were won elsewhere.
Bill Carrigan was also part of the 1912 team that won the World Series. He played catcher during that season.
The 1903 World Series was the first World Series under Major League Baseball. It was played between the Red Sox and the Pittsburg Pirates.
As a war waged in Europe, President Woodrow Wilson took the time to come to the 1915 World Series. To start the series, he threw out the first pitch, a ceremonial event in baseball.
The Red Sox were one of the most dominant franchises in the early years of baseball. That success wouldn't last, however.
1919 was a controversial year in baseball. Not only was Babe Ruth traded by the Red Sox, but the Chicago White Sox were also accused of throwing the World Series.
The trade of Babe Ruth to the Yankees became known as "The Curse of the Bambino." The Red Sox would not win another World Series title until the next century.
The Red Sox won the 1918 World Series by defeating the Chicago Cubs. Ed Barrow left the Red Sox a few years later and joined the New York Yankees.
Babe Ruth was a rising star when he was traded. Even after setting the single-season home run record in 1919, Ruth's best years were still ahead of him.
The Red Sox lost 111 games in 1932. This was the height of the team's fallout after trading Babe Ruth.
One of the greatest pitchers of all time, "Lefty" Grove played for the Red Sox from 1934 until 1941. During that span, he was named an All-Star five years straight, beginning in 1935.
Ted Williams spent his entire MLB career with the Boston Red Sox. An excellent hitter, he was nicknamed "The Thumper."
Both pitchers and batters can earn a Triple Crown, though for different categories. A batter must have the highest batting average, most home runs, and the most runs batted in.
The early part of Ted Williams' career was interrupted by World War II. Williams served in the war, taking a leave from baseball.
The Red Sox lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1946 World Series. Williams played hurt throughout the series as the Red Sox went down in seven games.
The "Impossible Dream" season saw the Red Sox reach the World Series for the first time since 1946. However, just like in 1946, the Red Sox lost to the Cardinals in seven games.
The Yankees and Red Sox rivalry is one of the most fueled rivalries in all of baseball. This game only added to the rivalry's history, as the Yankees defeated the Red Sox and went on to win the World Series.
Fred Lynn was the first player to ever win both awards in a season. He also received the Golden Glove Award that same year.
Carl Yastrzemski played 23 seasons with the Boston Red Sox. He retired in 1983 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1989.
Roger Clemens was one of the most decorated Red Sox players ever. However, he failed to win a World Series until he joined the New York Yankees in 1999.
At 22 seasons, Bill Buckner had a lengthy career in MLB. The highlight of his career was being named the NL batting champion in 1980.
This rivalry reached a new level when the Red Sox came back to win the ALCS after being down 3-0 in the series. It's one of the greatest comebacks in the history of sports.
Curt Schilling was one of the most successful pitchers to ever take the mound. Before joining the Red Sox, he led the Arizona Diamondbacks to the 2001 World Series.
For the first time in 86 years, the Red Sox won the World Series, defeating the Cardinals in four games. To top it off, the moon was lit with a red tint from a lunar eclipse.
Terry Francona and the Red Sox went their separate ways in 2011 as the team began to decline. Francona later joined the Cleveland Indians, where he has been selected AL Manager of the Year twice.
In 2007, the Boston Red Sox faced the Colorado Rockies in the World Series. The Red Sox won the series 4-0 and gained their second title in four years.
Ted Williams finished his career with 521 home runs, more than any other Red Sox player. He also still has the highest batting average of any Red Sox player.
Managed by John Farrell, the Red Sox won another World Series in 2013 by defeating the St. Louis Cardinals. With this victory, the Red Sox had won eight World Series titles.