Friday, June 2, 2017

#328 Boston Red Sox team card

Storied franchise from the junior original, established 1901....Wrestled ownership of Beantown away from the older .500 win pct. Braves...The only time an AL team would do so....Hall of Famers abound starting from the first year....Cy Young was on the first squad then known as the Boston Americans....A formidable team early on winning 5 World Championships and only 4 losing seasons in the first 19 years....then the pivotal moment that became part of folklore....the trade of Babe Ruth to the rival Yankees....Boston’s reels off 15 consecutive losing years the virtual opposite of the Ruth lead Yankees....buoyed by wise acquisitions, such Joe Cronin, Jimmy Foxx, and eventually Ted Williams (from the PCL Padres)....Red Sox enter into the world of a first division team but short of pennants....After William’s retirement the Red Sox languish but rebound nicely with a first place finishes in 1967 a feat repeated over two more decades....despite the achievement all three campaigns came up empty....hence the credence to the Curse of the Bambino....The 85 year championship drought was broken by the 2004 squad avenging the St Louis Cardinals...Red have proceeded to win two more World titles.....Several invincible team records for batting and pitching stand vanguard for eternity...Ted Williams .406 BA and 150 runs, Jimmy Foxx 175 RBIs and total bases....some have fallen however, Wade Boggs had 240 hits, David Ortiz 54 home runs.....untouchable pitching achievements are the 34 wins, 25 losses from the early 20th century, Cy Young’s 41 complete games...Young and Woods shutout mark of 10 is intact but has threaten by Roger Clemens eight.....New team titles include games appeared 81 by Mike Timlin, strikeouts 313 Pedro Martinez, win pct of .941 by Clay tally 8 WS titles and curse is hence broken.        

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