Simon S asked in SportsBaseball · 1 decade ago

Red Sox for Boston?

How did the Boston Red Sox get named as such?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    How did the Red Sox get their name?

    The Red Sox are an old franchise, and as a result were around for a long time before marketing decisions and merchandising determined nicknames and logos. Some of the original teams got their names from the basic uniforms they wore, such as the Cincinnati Reds (originally the Red Stockings) and Chicago White Sox. The team now known as the Red Sox have been referred to as the Pilgrims, Americans, and Somersets (after their owner Charles Somers), but weren't officially named the Red Sox until December 18, 1907 after then-owner John Taylor noticed that the National League's Boston team had stopped wearing their customary red stockings. Taylor, who would later name and build Fenway Park in 1912, declared that the American League Boston team would wear red stockings and furthermore be known as the Red Sox. The spelling "Sox" is believed to have occurred when newspapers shortened "Stockings" in order to fit in headlines.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Originally called the Pilgrims, because of the Pilgrims landing in Plymouth Mass in 1620, they adopted the Red Sox name after the White Sox, but that name was taken by Chicago American League Team so they use the Red Sox name after the Red stockings but it was named after the National League from Cincinnati so they Adopted the Reds so the Boston American league Team can use the Name Red Sox.

  • 1 decade ago

    I think it has something to do with the red colored socks that they wear.

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