Boston Red Sox fans are some of the most passionate fans in all of professional sports.
Red Sox fans know their team is the absolute best in Major League Baseball, and undoubtedly way better than the Yankees, of course!
Putting the baseball team's successes aside, the Red Sox have some of the most historic stories in baseball history, helping to make their team the legend that it is today.
The history of the Red Sox runs deep in the team's blood, and even the most dedicated Red Sox fans may be surprised by some of these historical facts.
1. Dents in The Green Monster
The Green Monster is the nickname for the 37.2-foot wall in left field of Fenway Park, the Boston Red Sox's home field. Many baseball players step foot in Fenway Park with hopes of hitting a ball over the Green Monster. While some legendary baseball players execute this plan perfectly, some are just shy of a home run and, instead, whack the Green Monster and leave their mark in the form of a dent.
The Boston Globe decided to tackle the task of counting these dents, and they discovered that there are 211,044 dents in the Green Monster. They calculated this by hand-counting the dents on 33 of the 116 panels and then estimating the rest of the dents.
The best part? No one knows which dent is from which legendary baseball player to step foot in Fenway Park.
2. Former Team Owners, the Yawkey's Will Forever Live in Fenway Park in Morse Code
Thomas A. Yawkey and Jean R. Yawkey bought the Red Sox in 1933 and were the owners of the team for 44 seasons. The Yawkey's were well-known for turning around a struggling team by signing some of America's most legendary baseball players. By 1938, the Yawkey's turned the Red Sox into a second place team.
Despite their death, the Yawkeys will forever live on in Fenway Park. If you look under the American League text on the scoreboard, there are two white parallel lines. One line is directly under the N in American and the other is to the left between the E and the P. Both lines contain Morse code.
The left line reads TAY and the right line reads JRY- the Yawkey's initials.
3. X in Red Sox
The Red Sox were originally known as the Red Stockings. However, newspapers shortened the name to Red Sox to give headlines an extra punch.
In 1908, the Red Stockings decided to officially name their team the Red Sox because it read better on merchandise.
4. Fisk Pole
The Fisk Pole is named after Colton Fisk, who hit a game-winning home run in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series. Fisk's home run ball hit the foul pole and stayed in fair territory to make for a historic moment in Red Sox History.
However, many Red Sox fans are familiar with the "Pesky Pole", which is only 302 feet away from home plate, for doing more harm than good.
5. The Lucky Red Seat
The story behind this superstitious seat originates back to 1946 when Ted Williams hit the ball 502 feet and landing in that exact seat. In that exact red seat sat 56-year-old Joe Boucher who just so happened to be a notoriously known Yankees fan. It is said that Williams knew Boucher was there and aimed straight for his hat.
To this day, that home run is the farthest home run ever hit in Fenway Park.
6. The Curse of The Bambino
Speaking of superstitions, the curse of the Great Bambino is a Red Sox superstition that dates back to 1919. After the Red Sox sold Babe Ruth to the Yankees in 1919, they didn't win a World Series title until 2004, and fans claimed that this was because of the curse of Great Bambino.
7. Sell Out Streak
The Red Sox had a complete sellout streak that lasted an entire decade. From 2003 to 2013, the Red Sox sold out every single home game.
During the sellout streak, the Red Sox sold out 820 consecutive homes games, making this the largest home sellout streak in the history of professional sports. They broke the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers previous streak of an 814 home game sellout streak from 1977 to 1995.
8. Most Expensive Beer
Nothing goes better with baseball than an ice cold beer. However, baseball stadiums can be notorious for having overpriced beers.
Unfortunately for Red Sox fans, the Red Sox win the award for the most expensive beer. Fenway Park sells a 12-ounce beer for a whopping $7.75. While the Phillies and the Cubs also sell a beer that costs $7.75, but theirs is 16 ounces.
9. Most Expensive Tickets
Not only do the Red Sox have the most expensive beer, but they also have the most expensive ticket sales in Major League Baseball. In 2016, the average ticket price for a Major League Baseball game was $31. However, the Red Sox ticket average in 2016 was a whopping $52.32, which is almost double the league average.
10. Fires in Fenway
Fenway Park didn't just survive one but two fires within the stadium. The first fire took place on May 8, 1926. The damage to the park was not fixed until Tom Yawkey bought the Red Sox and decided to start the reconstruction. However, another fire took place during the reconstruction. This fire was even bigger and took out the left field grandstand and the center field bleachers.
Yawkey and his crew were forced to work hard to get the field fixed by opening day in 1934, but they got the job done.
Red Sox History
As you can see, the Red Sox are more than just their wins and their titles. The Red Sox history runs deep, and their history makes the Red Sox who they are today.