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
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
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
The Pilgrims went on to win baseball's inaugural World Series that
year, while New York finished in fourth place, 17 games out.
# # #
You can reach
Harvey Frommer at:
About the Author:
Harvey Frommer is in his 38th year of writing books.
A noted oral historian and sports journalist, the author of 42 sports
books including the classics: "New York City Baseball,1947-1957" and
"Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball," his acclaimed REMEMBERING YANKEE
STADIUM was published in 2008 and his REMEMBERING FENWAY PARK: AN ORAL
AND NARRATIVE HISTORY OF THE HOME OF RED SOX NATION was published to
acclaim in 2011. The prolific Frommer is at work on When It Was
Just a Game, An Oral History on Super Bowel One.
His work has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times,
Washington Post, New York Daily News, Newsday, USA Today, Men's Heath,
The Sporting News, among other publications.
FROMMER SPORTSNET (syndicated) reaches a readership in the millions and
is housed on Internet search engines for extended periods of time.
on Twitter: http://twitter.com/south2nd
on Linked In: http://www.linkedin.com/profile/edit?locale=en_US
on the Web: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~frommer
Dr. Frommer is the Official Book Reviewer of Travel-Watch.
*Autographed copies of Frommer books are available .
Other Frommer sports related articles can be
Frommer along with his wife, Myrna Katz Frommer are the authors of
five critically acclaimed oral/cultural histories, professors at Dartmouth
College, and travel writers who specialize in cultural history, food, wine, and Jewish history and heritage
in the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean.
This Article is Copyright
© 1995 - 2014 by Harvey Frommer.
All rights reserved worldwide.