The first book to tell the entire story of why the Red Sox are now a dynasty-- and what kept them from winning for more than eight decades. Finally, here is the entire history of the Boston Red Sox--from a lifelong fan and a longtime journalist. Jerry Gutlon explores the dramatic recent success of the Red Sox, and the truth about Red Sox history.
The most passionate supporters on earth, Red Sox fans deserve to know the truth about their beloved team. Gutlon makes important, franchise-defining claims that have seldom been made before: that the Red Sox actually did the right thing by trading Babe Ruth; that Tom Yawkey was one of the worst owners in baseball history, hiring his drinking buddies instead of great baseball people; that the Sox, the last team to sign and play black players, had a legacy of racism that lasted well into the 1970s and 1980s; and that current owner John Henry and wunderkind general manager Theo Epstein made their team the best in baseball not by overcoming "the curse of the Bambino" but by just being good baseball people--something that had never been done in Boston before. This is a book that goes beyond "the curse" and tells the whole story of Red Sox baseball. It will entertain and surprise even the most serious baseball fan. 20 color and b/w photographs.
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