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If today's Sox need a goal, matching the Red Stockings' (left) four straight championships would be a good place to start. On the 1875 team (right), fielders played without gloves, pitchers stood 45 feet from home plate, and batters walked only after nine balls.
If today's Sox need a goal, matching the Red Stockings' (left) four straight championships would be a good place to start. On the 1875 team (right), fielders played without gloves, pitchers stood 45 feet from home plate, and batters walked only after nine balls. (All photos courtesy of the National Baseball Hall of Fame Library) All photos courtesy of the National Baseball Hall of Fame Library

In the Beginning

Long before 2004, even before 1918, the passion kindled here.

By Kerry Keene
December 19, 2004

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Until the recent, historic reversal of fortune, Boston baseball had long been known for its protracted championship drought. There was a time, however, when the local nine brought home the title like clockwork. (Full article: 748 words)

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