THE BOSTON RED SOX:
TEAM OF THE 21st CENTURY…SO FAR
Boston won the World Series in 8 games over the Pittsburgh Pirates, winning the last 4 games in a row after falling behind 3 games to 1. The year was 1903, the very first World Series. (Major League Baseball used a best of 9 Series for that first World Series and for the years 1919-21 before settling on a best of 7 Series permanently in 1922.) At the time of their first World Series championship, the team was simply called the Boston Americans (the Braves in the National league were also in Boston at the time), changing to the Red Sox in 1908. They began playing at Fenway Park in 1912, home to all their World Series titles except that first one.
Winning the first World Series set the stage for the Red Sox to win 5 of the first 15 World Series: 1903, 1912, 1915, 1916, 1918. (There was no Series in 1904.) The Red Sox won the World Series 4 times in a 7 year span, and won their only back to back titles in 1915-16.
With their 4 games to 2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals this year, the Red Sox have won 3 of the last 10 World Series—more than any other team so far in the first 13 seasons of the 21st century. Two others have won two (the Cardinals and the Giants) with several other teams winning once. (The year 2000 was the last year of the 20th century, not the first year of the 21st century, so the Yankees victory in the World Series that year belongs to the 20th.) This century is beginning just like the 20th century did—Red Sox dominance!! The Red Sox now have 12 World Series appearances (sixth most of all teams) and 8 titles (fourth most).