The Ulitate Rivalry

analytical Essay
945 words
945 words

Sports and their associated rivalries are one of America’s favorite pastime and involve passion and emotion. Think about baseball and automatically the rivalry between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees comes to mind. Their hostilities make the Hatfield and McCoy feud look like Jack and Jill at Sunday school (O'Connor, 2004). It is one of the oldest, most famous, and definitely one of the fiercest in all of American sports. This is a rivalry that is never boring, and played out over and over again with every series making the rivalry stronger. The rivalry between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees is the ultimate rivalry, the history of this rivalry goes back to the early 1900’s,proud and confident are the New York Yankees with acquisitions and curses, restless and frustrated are the Boston Red Sox and their fans.

The history of the rivalry between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees can be traced to the beginning of Red Sox baseball on April 26, 1901, when they made their baseball debut as the Boston Americans. They played a team from Baltimore that would later be known as the New York Yankees.The Red Sox may have lost that first game, but went on to win the very first “modern” World Series” in 1903 and repeated as champions of the American League in 1904(Frommer, 2004). In 1910 the name Boston Red Sox became official and in April of 1912 they moved into Fenway Park which was a momentous period for the Red Sox. They again won the World Series and the American League pennant that year. The team was well rounded with great pitching, hitting and out fielding, enabling the Red Sox to go on and win repeated pennants and championships from 1915 to 1918. Then things started to change. Harry Frazee, from New ...

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...een the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox is not just a simple study of contempt. Underneath all the history, frustration, loathing and fear, there is a definite respect each team has for the other. Being a Red Sox fan, one comes to appreciate the mere fact of how a healthy rivalry full of a lust for baseball and your team to succeed, can fuel feuds through centuries of entertainment.

Works Cited

Borer, M. (2008). Faithful to Fenway; Believing in Boston, Baseball and America's most beloved ballpark.

Frommer, H. F. (2004). Red Sox vs Yankees, the Great Rivalry. Sports Publishing.

O'Connor, I. (2005, September 29). USA Today. Retrieved April 27, 2011, from

Red Sox -Yankees is Baseball's ultimate rivalry. (2004, October 20). Retrieved March 28, 2011, from USA

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In this essay, the author

  • Explains that sports and their associated rivalries are one of america's favorite pastimes and involve passion and emotion. the boston red sox and the new york yankees' rivalry is the fiercest in american sports.
  • Explains the history of the rivalry between the boston red sox and new york yankees.
  • Explains how the yankees acquired babe ruth, who became known to more people in the united states than any other player in baseball. they won 26 world titles directly related to the acquisitions of former red sox players.
  • Analyzes how the boston red sox continued to play their heart out despite disbelief on how player after player could be sold to the yankees.
  • Opines that the rivalry between the new york yankees and the boston red sox is not just a study of contempt.
  • Analyzes borer's book faithful to fenway; believing in boston, baseball, and americas most beloved ballpark.
  • Explains that red sox - yankees is baseball's ultimate rivalry.
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