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5 Fun Facts About The Boston Red Sox

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on July 1, 2013

The Boston Red Sox are one of the most storied franchises in Major League Baseball. They have had some great players over the years and have developed a wonderful following. Here is a look at five fun facts about the Boston Red Sox.

The First Of Many

Shane Victorino got his first hit as a Boston Red Sox player in the first game of the 2013 season in an 8-2 win over the Yankees. It came in the top of the second inning when he came up with the bases loaded. He took a 1-1 pitch from CC Sabathia and grounded it between shortstop and third to knock in Jose Iglesias and Jacoby Ellsbury.

Millions Of Satisfied Customers

The Boston Red Sox drew over 1,000,000 fans to Fenway Park for the first time in 1946, the year they lost the World Series to the Cardinals. They attracted more than 2,000,000 fans to the park for the first time in 1977. Boston then attracted over 3,000,000 fans to Fenway Park for the first time in 2008.

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How Good Was He?

Before coming to Boston for the 2013 season, Mike Napoli had already played seven seasons of big league ball, five with the Dodgers and two with the Rangers. Napoli had played against Boston in 38 games during those years, hitting .288 with 15 home runs and 33 RBI in 125 at-bats.

Long Ago Closer

The first Red Sox pitcher to get a save in the All-Star Game was Tex Hughson. In the 1943 All-Star Game he pitched three innings to finish the game, gave up two runs, including a home run to pinch hitter Vince DiMaggio in the 9th inning, and came away with the save in a 5-3 AL victory. 70 years later this would still be the only All-Star Game save by a Boston Red Sox pitcher. Hughson was a three time All-Star with the Red Sox, playing for the team from 1941 to 1949 and finishing with a career record of 96-54.

Third Place? Really?

2008 saw Red Sox speedster Jacoby Ellsbury finish in third place in the voting for the AL Rookie of the Year Award. Finishing ahead of him were the winner Evan Longoria of the Rays as well as Alexei Ramirez of the White Sox.

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