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Red Sox century : the definitive history of baseball's most storied franchise
Stout, Glenn, 1958-
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First Houghton Mifflin paperback edition, expanded and updated.
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Boston : Houghton Mifflin, [2004]

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xix, 501 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
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For more than a hundred years, the Red Sox have meant all sorts of things to all sorts of people, often all at once -- elation, frustration, nostalgia, nausea, amazement, bewilderment, love, and loss. But one thing is certain: the Boston Red Sox are the most interesting team ever to take the field.
Red Sox Century tells the Red Sox story in its entirety for the first time, from the team's inception in 1901 and its early peak in 1918, when it won its fifth and last World Series; to the glory years, which saw the rise of such greats as Cy Young, Babe Ruth, Teddy Ballgame, and Yaz and witnessed the "Impossible Dream" of 1967; to the near misses in 1975, 1986, and 2003. The Sox are still chasing that elusive sixth world championship -- a championship that fate seems not to want them tohave.
Now updated through the 2003 season, and including new writing from Tom Boswell and 275 photographs, Red Sox Century is the "definitive look at Fenway's finest . . . Artistic, well researched, and elegant" (Boston Globe). This is a book that no self-respecting Red Sox fan should be without.

Author Notes

Richard A. Johnson is the curator of the Sports Museum of New England & the author of "Young at Heart: The Story of Johnny Kelly." He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Luke SalisburyElizabeth DooleyHoward BryantCharles P. PierceDan ShaughnessyTim HorganBill LittlefieldPeter GammonsThomas Boswell
Acknowledgmentsp. xiv
Introductionp. xvii
1901 / 1902 the Americansp. 1
1903 the First Championsp. 23
1904 / 1911 Red Stockings and Red Facesp. 49
1912 Invincible Summerp. 73
1913 / 1916 From "Rough" to Ruthp. 93
1917 / 1918 the Last Championsp. 113
1919 / 1922 Harry Frazee and the Truth about Ruthp. 135
1923 / 1932 Embers in the Outfield: Green Light, Green Monsterp. 157
1933 / 1935 the Richest Boy in the Worldp. 173
1936 / 1938 Yawkey's Waysp. 195
1939 / 1941 Enter the Kidp. 211
1942 / 1945 of Front Lines and Color Linesp. 231
1946 / 1949 Three-Time Losers: Rooting for the Red Soxp. 245
1950 / 1960 Teddy Ballgame: Knock Downsp. 273
1961 / 1966 the Country Club: The Dead Zonep. 295
1967 Incredibly Beautiful People: Summer of '67p. 315
1968 / 1975 "If It Stays Fair ..."p. 341
1976 / 1978 Death, Disappointment, and Dent: How Friendly Is Fenway?p. 367
1979 / 1986 From Ruin to Rocket and Back Again: The Autumn of the Ratp. 389
1987 / 2000 the Public Trust: Musical Chairs on Yawkey Wayp. 413
2001 / 2003 the Fix: Destiny Gets Big Assist from Littlep. 445
Appendix A Red Sox Century Teams Pre- and Post-World War IIp. 471
Appendix B The Red Sox Recordp. 474
Selected Bibliographyp. 478
Indexp. 480
Illustration Creditsp. 503