Red Sox Century: The Definitive History of Baseball's Most Storied Franchise, Expanded and Updated

Red Sox Century: The Definitive History of Baseball's Most Storied Franchise, Expanded and Updated

by Richard A. Johnson, Glenn Stout
     
 


The definitive story of the Red Sox, a best-selling classic, now expanded and updated to include the incredible 2004 season and World Series win.

In that magic fall of 2004, the Boston Red Sox transformed themselves from an unruly band of self-proclaimed idiots into world champions for the first time in eighty-six years. Their unlikely triumph became known

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The definitive story of the Red Sox, a best-selling classic, now expanded and updated to include the incredible 2004 season and World Series win.

In that magic fall of 2004, the Boston Red Sox transformed themselves from an unruly band of self-proclaimed idiots into world champions for the first time in eighty-six years. Their unlikely triumph became known instantly as one of the most thrilling, nerve-racking, and ultimately inspiring sports stories ever. And it also changed the course of history for a franchise that had long been known more for its failures than for its successes.

In Red Sox Century, "the best of the Sox sages" (USA Today Baseball Weekly) chronicle the complete history of this enduring team with authority, insight, and high style. From the team's inception in 1901 and its early peak in 1918, when it won its fifth World Series, to the glory years, which saw the rise of such greats as Cy Young, Babe Ruth, Teddy Ballgame, and Yaz and the "impossible dream," to the near misses in 1975, 1986, and 2003, and finally to the glorious World Series victory in 2004 -- it's all here, drawn from countless interviews and extensive research and illustrated with more than 225 photographs, many never seen before.

Now expanded and updated and featuring irresistible new keepsake pages where fans can record their own stories of the latest chapter in Red Sox lore -- replete with its fairy-tale ending -- Red Sox Century is a book no self-respecting fan should be without.

"All that anyone would care to know about this accursed yet lovable franchise." -- Sports Illustrated

Glenn Stout has been the series editor of The Best American Sports Writing since its inception. Richard A. Johnson is the curator of the Sports Museum. Together they have written numerous critically acclaimed sports books, including Yankees Century: 100 Years of New York Yankees Baseball and The Dodgers: 120 Years of Dodgers Baseball. Widely regarded as first-rate baseball historians, the authors have appeared on NPR, ESPN, HBO, the History Channel, and numerous regional television and radio stations.

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

"A definitive look at Fenway's finest . . . Artistic, well researched, and elegant." -- Boston Globe

"A grand slam." -- Boston Herald

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"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618622269
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
10/28/2005
Series:
Sport in the Global Society Series
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
544
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 10.50(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

GLENN STOUT is the author of Young Woman and the Sea and Fenway 1912.

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