Team value: #2
Attendance 2010: 3,046,443 (8th highest)
Pct. change attendance 2001 – 2010: +16.04% (10th biggest increase)
W-L Last Ten Years: 924-695 (2nd best)
The Boston Americans were founded in 1901 as one of the American League’s eight charter franchises. The team won the very first World Series, anchored by hall-of-fame pitcher Cy Young. By 1907, the team was known as the Red Sox, and between 1912 and 1918 won four additional World Series. But after that final victory and the selling of pitcher and slugger Babe Ruth in 1919, the Sox could not win when it mattered. While Boston fielded many greats, including Ted Williams, more than eight decades passed before it won another World Series. The Boston Red Sox finally won in 2004 in legendary fashion, beating the rival New York Yankees in the ALCS after falling behind 0-3 and sweeping the St. Louis Cardinals to secure the championship. They won the series again in 2007 and have consistently been one of the best teams in baseball over the last decade. Between 2001 and 2010, the Sox had the second-best record in baseball, behind only the Yankees.
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