8 Facts About The Boston Red Sox

1. The Boston Red Sox placed a bid of $51.1 million to negotiate with Matsuzaka and completed a 6-year, $52 million contract after they were announced as the winning bid.

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2. The Boston Red Sox was struck just above the left cheek bone by a fastball thrown by Jack Hamilton of the California Angels on Friday, August 18, 1967 and sat out the entire next season with headaches and blurred vision.

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3. The Boston Red Sox was named the league's Most Valuable Player, just one vote shy of a unanimous selection as a Minnesota sportswriter placed Twins center fielder Cesar Tovar first on his ballot.

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4. In 1948, The Boston Red Sox finished in a tie with Cleveland, and their loss to Cleveland in a one-game playoff ended hopes of an all-Boston World Series.

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5. The Boston Red Sox is currently the last player to hit over.

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6. The Boston Red Sox served two stints in the United States Marine Corps as a pilot and saw active duty in both World War II and the Korean War, missing at least five full seasons of baseball.

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7. In 1903, The Boston Red Sox participated in the first modern World Series, going up against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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8. The Boston Red Sox was a dominant team in the new league, defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first World Series in 1903 and winning four more championships by 1918.

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