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The First Match-Up:  Boston Vs. New York, American League May 7, 1903

 

The Yankees of New York and the Red Sox of Boston are at it again as May 2006 shows up on the calendar. It is truly a heated, hyped and historical rivalry.   Roots stretch back all  the way to
1903.

The New York and Boston major league baseball teams met for the first time at the Huntington Avenue Grounds in Boston, but they weren't yet known as the Yankees and Red Sox. Both franchises began with more geographically correct and appropriate names: the New York Highlanders, who played on the hilly terrain of upper Manhattan, and the Boston Pilgrims, a tribute to their New England roots and ancestors.

Cy Young was the ace of a superior Boston staff that included Bill Dineen and Tom Hughes. Both would be 20 game winners in 1903. The Bostons also featured third baseman-manager Jimmy Collins. Special bragging rights belonged to New York's Herman Long who returned home and received a diamond pin. But he also had would have two errors pinned on him for his work at shortstop.

The Pilgrims won 6-2, on a Hobe Ferris home run and Chick Stahl's two triples. Boston shelled Highlanders pitcher Snake Wiltse for 13 hits. "Until the seventh inning . . . clever fielding by the visitors had kept the Boston score to three runs," The New York Times, noted, adding that Wiltse "was batted even more freely than the score would indicate."

The Pilgrims went on to win baseball's inaugural World Series that year, while New York finished in fourth place, 17 games out.

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