Red Sox Century: The Definitive History of the World's Most Storied Franchise

Red Sox Century: The Definitive History of the World's Most Storied Franchise

by Richard A. Johnson, Glenn Stout
     
 

The definitive one-volume history of the most fascinating franchise in baseball

For a century now, the Boston Red Sox have meant many different things to many different people, eliciting elation, frustration, nostalgia, nausea, confidence, anger, bewilderment, love, and loss, often all at once. But no matter the ups and downs, in their long, storied history the

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The definitive one-volume history of the most fascinating franchise in baseball

For a century now, the Boston Red Sox have meant many different things to many different people, eliciting elation, frustration, nostalgia, nausea, confidence, anger, bewilderment, love, and loss, often all at once. But no matter the ups and downs, in their long, storied history the Red Sox have always managed to provide us with one thing that is certain—they are the most interesting team ever to have taken the field. RED SOX CENTURY: ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF RED SOX BASEBALL 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; through the glory years, which saw the rise of such greats as Cy Young, Babe Ruth, Teddy Ballgame, and Yaz and which witnessed the "Impossible Dream" of 1967 and near misses in 1975 and 1986; to the present, when the Sox are still chasing that elusive sixth world championship—a championship that fate seems not to want them to have. In these pages, many a Red Sox myth is debunked, and many stories are told for the first time.

© Did the Red Sox fix the first World Series game ever played?
© What is the truth about Babe Ruth and Harry Frazee?
© Did Johnny Pesky hold the ball?
© Does Fenway Park have a future?
© Will the Red Sox ever win a World Series again?

Drawn from countless interviews and tireless research and illustrated with more than two hundred photographs, many never seen before, RED SOX CENTURY is far more than a picture book. Glenn Stout and Richard A. Johnson have written a gripping narrative history, filled with details so vivid and accurate and irony so sharp that you think you can't possibly bear to relive some of those past moments (but you're a Sox fan, so of course you do). Your season ticket to one hundred years of thrilling baseball, Red Sox Century is a comprehensive and always colorful history of a team that helped to define not only its city but its sport.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"RED SOX CENTURY belongs right up there with Macbeth, Hamlet and other dynastic tragedies."—Dick Schaap

"RED SOX CENTURY serves as both a history of the team, and a tribute to the American game. You can read it straight through, or dip into it like well water on a hot day. In either case it richly repays your attention."—Robert B. Parker, bestselling author of Hush Money, Hugger Mugger, and Family Honor

"How can a Red Sox century, 100 years of Red Sox baseball be so bad, when RED SOX CENTURY: 100 YEARS OF RED SOX BASEBALL is so good?"—Frank Deford

"Blessed with stellar original essays from . . . topnotch baseball scribes and startling photographs, this highly readable coffee-table book is a must." BarnesandNoble.com

"Magnificent . . . this is the book, the genuine article, a vademecum to get you through waiting for next year."—Katherine Powers Boston Globe

"A beautiful, bountiful book . . . bound to become the definitive work on the Red Sox." Buffalo News

"RED SOX CENTURY contains enough minutiae to settle 100 years of barroom bets." (Reuters) CNN Interactive

"In baseball parlance, this four-in-one celebration of the Olde Towne Team's centennial is a grand slam." Boston Herald

"From Cy Young to Pedro Martinez, this book has all that anyone would care to know about this accursed yet lovable franchise." Sports Illustrated

"The ultimate gift for Red Sox fans." Publishers Weekly

"The richness, the drama, the completeness of this book . . . sustain[s] the lonely fan through many a long winter's night . . ." Elysian Fields Quarterly

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this richly illustrated history, sports writers Stout and Johnson argue that the Boston Red Sox are the most interesting franchise to have played the game of baseball, an ambitious and somewhat far-fetched thesis since the team has not won a World Series title in almost 82 years. As evidence, the authors offer up the most comprehensive chronicle of the team's life to date, from its creation in 1901 and its glory days in the teens to its thrilling but exasperating losses in the World Series of 1946, 1975 and 1986. Cy Young, Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Roger Clemens and even Pedro Martinez are all colorfully profiled, as are the men who have owned and managed the team over the years. Of special interest are the fans themselves, who, the authors argue, are unique in their fatalistic, frequently bitter, but doggedly loyal devotion to their team. But as reverent toward the Red Sox as Stout and Johnson may be, they eschew the sentimentality and nostalgia so prevalent in baseball writing today. They provide a revisionist account of the legendary sale of Babe Ruth to the Yankees in 1920, and boil down the mythical "Curse of the Bambino," which is thought to have resulted from that transaction, to nothing more than a "convenient excuse." Stout and Johnson's book is honest, well written and rigorously researched, which will make it accessible to fans of any ball club. Their contention that Boston's is the most interesting team, however, will be a tough sell to anyone living beyond the borders of Massachusetts. 225 b&w photos. (Sept.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Red Sox Century provides an excellent one-volume history of the Boston Red Sox, telling the team's story in its entirety for the first time from its inception in 1901 to its peak performances in 1918, through modern times. Vintage black and white photos pack the presentation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395884171
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/15/2000
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 10.96(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

GLENN STOUT is the author of all the Good Sports books. He was also the author of thirty-nine titles in the Matt Christopher Sports Biography and Legends in Sports series. He lives in Vermont with his wife and daughter.Check out his website at www.goodsportsbyglennstout.com.

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