The Uniforms of the Boston Red Sox!
Titled “A New England Obsession” and licensed by Major League Baseball, we present the uniforms history of the Boston Red Sox.
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Framed Version 1
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Below is an example of the framed and matted version, which depicts the Boston Red Sox:
Framed Version 2
Framed with a gold metal frame, this is our “thrills but no frills” version. Measuring 5 ½ inches by 15 ½ inches with a glass covering, it comes fully assembled and ready to hang, lean or lay flat. The cost is a welcoming $29 each and there is a one-time $6 discount shipping cost regardless of how many items you order!
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1903 Baseball in Boston in the early 1900’s was confusing - Boston had both an American League team and a National League team, and the team names kept changing while at the same time their uniforms looked alike.
The National League team was the Boston Doves and later became the Boston Braves, now the Atlanta Braves. As for the Red Sox, they were first known as the Boston Americans. Then they were called the Puritans, the Pilgrims and the Beaneaters. Since team nicknames were not official, teams distinguished themselves from one another through their uniforms.
The lettering style on this jersey began in 1901 - the first year of the American League. Notice the colour, blue not red. Notice also the laced neck - Boston was one of the only teams at the time to have a laced neck - it was mostly unheard of in baseball in the early 1900’s.
This year, 1903, Boston plays in the first ever “World Series” against the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the upstart American League Red Sox upset the National League champs. The Red Sox won the Pennant again the next year, but due to animosity (and some say jealousy) between the New York Giants (the National League Pennant winners) and the Red Sox, the World Series was not played in 1904.
1908 The Boston Americans home uniform was white with red as their trim color, socks included. As a result the Bostonians were quick to adopt Red Stockings or Red Sox as their nickname. This is the first pictorial reference to the team nickname on a Major League jersey.
1915 This was babe Ruth’s first full season with the Red Sox. The Sox wore this un-lettered home jersey for six years, until the 1921 season, when they added pin stripes. In addition to their first World Series victory in 1903, they won it all in 1912, and again in 1915. Every time they made it to the Series, they won it. This year would mark the Red Sox fourth season at Fenway Park, where they still play ball today. The Red Sox’ future looked very bright, especially with a young pitching (and hitting) phenom George Herman Ruth leading the way.
1918 While on the road, the Sox wore this tight pin striped uniform with “Red Sox” stitched on the front. They had an amazing start, winning five World Championships in their first 18 seasons. After their third Series win in 1915, they celebrated two more in 1916, and again this season - 1918. Who could have foreseen that the Sox wouldn’t win another World Series for the next 80+ years?
Some fans believe this run of bad luck is the Curse Of The Bambino. As the story goes, Harry Frazee, then owner of the Red Sox, was desperate for money to keep producing Broadway plays. Babe Ruth was thus sold to the Yankees prior to the 1920 season for $125,000 cash and a $300,000 loan to Frazee. So legend has it that because they sold one of the greatest ball players ever, the gods of baseball have frowned upon the Red Sox ever since.
1923 The Sox adopted a wider pin striping for their road uniforms. These years would be termed the “forgettable twenties”, with the fans only dreaming of what could have been, if the likes of Babe Ruth (traded to the Yankees in 1920) and Tris Speaker (traded to Cleveland in 1916) were still with the Sox.
1932 In this home uniform you can start to see similarities between this jersey and today’s Sox jersey. This was the year that the pin stripes were removed. There is no piping around the collar and buttons at this stage, although that gets added soon. Notice the red stockings on the left sleeve - these in 1931 and 1932 only.
1942 Compare this home jersey to the 1999 jersey. 50+ years and not much has changed! One small difference is the double red piping that goes around the top of the collar.
During this time period, while America is at war, the question is raised, should able-bodied athletes of baseball be fighting for their country overseas? The commissioner of Baseball and the President of the United States discuss the game’s role in the war. Both agree that baseball is too important to the people. It will boost the morale of the entire country, and take their minds off of the war effort for a short time.
Wartime sleeve patches were worn by all levels of professional baseball teams. The Health patch was only worn for the 1942 season, part of a health and fitness awareness campaign. The Stars and Stripes patch, as shown on the left sleeve of this home jersey, was worn from 1943 to1945.
Ted Williams, one of the best that ever played in a Red Sox uniform, batted .406 in 1941, only his third year in the majors, and was the last major leaguer to hit over .400 in a season. The next year he won the Triple Crown, with a .356 average, 36 home runs, and 137 RBI. Williams then joined the US Air Force after the 1942 season, and returned to play ball in 1946. Stats fans wonder what more he could have accomplished if he hadn’t missed those 3 years in the prime of his career.
1948 The Red Sox road uniforms have remained pretty much the same from 1948 to present. That being said, notice that they used a zipper instead of buttons at this time. When you go almost 60 years with almost no change in jersey style, the addition of a zipper instead of buttons becomes a big deal!
During the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s many teams used zippered jerseys instead of the more traditional button front jerseys, while a handful of teams wore them well into the 70’s and even the 80’s. The Reds, Yankees and A’s were the three pre-1977 major league teams that never wore zippers. The 1937 Cubs were the first team to wear a zippered jersey, and as far we can tell the 1988 Phillies were the last to wear one.
By the end of the 1948 regular season, Boston had finished atop the American League. The only problem was, so had Cleveland. With identical 96-58 records, a one game playoff was scheduled for the first time in Major League history. The Indians prevailed 8 to 3 and thus advanced to the World Series. The Indians then faced Boston (the Braves that is), and beat them four games to two.
1951 This Red Sox road uniform shows that buttons have long since replaced the zipper. The patch on the left sleeve commemorates the American League’s Golden Anniversary, 1901-1951.
1967 The home uniform is very similar to that of the 1942 jersey, with one exception. Notice the red piping on the sleeves.
In one of the closest races ever for the American League Pennant, the Sox triumph over the Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins by one game. The team is lead by the talent of MVP and Triple Crown winner Carl Yastrzemski (the last Triple Crown winner) and Cy Young Award recipient Jim Lomborg. They went on to the World Series to face the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Cards’ Bob Gibson went 13 & 7 during the season, but saved his best for last. Winning games one, four and seven, and only giving up three runs in all three games combined, and even hitting a home run himself in game seven, Gibson almost single handedly clinches the Series for the Cards. The curse strikes again.
1975 This home jersey is of a double-knit style that most of the other teams succumbed to as well during the 70’s and early 80’s. It was a pullover style, made of synthetic material. The pants were called “Sans-a-Belt”’s because the elastic material of the waistline eliminated the need for a belt. The patch promotes Massachusetts’ Bicentennial.
The 1975 Red Sox won the Pennant, by beating the 3-time defending Oakland A’s in three straight games. They went on to face Cincinnati’s “Big Red Machine” in what has been remembered as the best World Series ever played.
With the Sox facing a long winter ahead of them with one more loss, they went into Game 6 down three games to two. Boston’s Fenway Park, October 21st, 1975 has gone down in baseball history simply as “Game 6”.
Boston went up by 3 in the 1st, only to have Cinci come back with 3 of their own in the 5th. The Reds then added another 2 in the 7th, and 1 more in the top of the 8th. The bottom of the 8th, 6-3 Cincinnati, two men on as Bernie Carbo steps up to pinch-hit for the Sox. He sends a pitch into the center field seats for a 3 run homer. Tie game. The Sox are back.
The Sox then fill the bases in the bottom of the 9th with nobody out, and fail to score. Uh oh, remember the curse? Bottom of the 12th, Carlton Fisk is the first man up for Boston. He hammers the first offering down the left-field line towards the Green Monster. Time slows for an instant. Is it fair or foul? Fisk raises his arms, and wills the ball fair. The fans hold their breath as the ball rings off the foul pole. Fisk jumps into the air and all at Fenway follow suit. Sox win 7 to 6, and the series is tied at 3 going into game 7. What curse?
The next day, again at Fenway, the Sox go up 3 to 0, only to have the Reds come back and tie the game. Going into the 9th with two out, the Reds Joe Morgan hits a single, driving in the go ahead run. The Red Sox fail to score in the bottom of the 9th, and the Reds win the game and the Series 4 to 3. Cursed!!!
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1986 By 1986 the home and road uniforms have lost the elasticized waistband and gone back to the more traditional belt. Both of these are classic Red Sox uniforms, and still look the same to this day - and much the same as in the 40’s.
In a year that features Wade Boggs winning a second straight batting title (his third in four years), Roger Clemens taking both the MVP and the Cy Young Awards, and outfield greats Jim Rice and Dwight Evans, Boston faced the California Angels for the Pennant, and the Sox prevailed in seven games. Clemens shut the Angels down to take the final game, and move on to another fabled World Series, this time against the National League Champion New York Mets.
A cocky group of guys filled the Mets lineup, but they were humbled after losing the first two games in front of their own fans. The Sox then lost the next two, tying the series at 2-2. After winning game one, Bruce Hurst was asked to pitch again in game five for the Sox. Another win, and Boston was one win away from their first title since 1918.
Another “Game 6”, this time in New York. The game is tied going into extra innings, and the Sox take the lead. They’re up 5-3 going into the bottom of the 10th. Could this be it? Two out, nobody on for the Mets. Has the curse been lifted? Down to their last strike, not once, but twice, the Mets get singles from Gary Carter, Kevin Mitchell, and Ray Knight. Carter scores making it 5-4, but the Red Sox still lead.
Sox pitcher Bob Stanley uncorks a wild pitch, sending Mitchell home, and Knight to third. It’s now tied at 5.
Now the Sox go from thinking about winning the World Series to; “let’s not lose this game!” Mookie Wilson taps a routine grounder to first, where Bill Buckner waits to make the final out, and send the game to the 11th. The ball bounces toward Buckner, and just before it reaches him, it flattens out, and doesn’t take that last bounce as it would 99 times out of 100. The ball rolls right under his glove and into shallow right field. Knight scores, and the game goes to New York. Another Game 6 for the ages.
Game 7, again in New York, starts out well for the Sox, who go up 3-0 in the 2nd. This lead lasts until the 6th when the Mets score 3 of their own, tying the score. They scored another 3 in the 7th to go ahead of the Sox for good, eventually winning the game 8 to 5. Another World Series defeat for the beloved Red Sox. The curse lives on.
1999 The home jersey is still strikingly similar to the ones worn since the ‘40’s - you can’t improve a classic!
The patch commemorates the 1999 all-star game, played at Fenway Park for the first time since 1961. Ted Williams makes an appearance, and receives the warmest of receptions, including a touching welcome from all of the current All Stars, who gathered around Teddy Baseball to shake hands with a living legend.
The 1999 Sox feature two modern day superstars - Pedro Martinez, who has won the Cy Young Award three times (two with the Sox in ’99 and 2000), and shortstop Nomar Garciaparra (who stormed onto the American League scene in 1997 and won the Rookie of the Year Award). And the Red Sox make the playoffs as a wildcard entry, upsetting the favored Indians before succumbing to the Yankees in the American League Championship Series.
There’s always next year… and next year, as we all well know, has come thrice—2004, 2007 and 2013 WORLD CHAMPIONS!!!
The Boston Red Sox: “A New England Obsession”
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