With New York and Boston being rivals from the start, it was not until Red Sox owner Harry Frazee sold Babe Ruth to the Yankees that their rivalry started to intensify.
Between the Murderer’s Row in the late 1920’s consisting of Babe Ruth, Earle Combs, Mark Koenig, Lou Gehrig, Bob Meusel and Tony Lazzeri, and other Yankee greats throughout the years such as Joe DiMaggio, the “Curse of the Bambino” deprived the Red Sox of winning any World Series titles.
From 1920 through 2003, the Yankees won 26 World Series championships and 39 pennants while the Red Sox only won four pennants.
It was not until the ALCS in 2004 that the “Curse of the Bambino” came to the end, as the Red Sox beat the Yankees and won their first World Series championship in 86 years.
Lasting over 100 years, the Yankee and Red Sox rivalry is the most famous rivalry in all of baseball. When against the Sox, the Yankees make sure to perform up to par and to their full potential.
Here are seven Yankee players who have killed the Red Sox throughout the years and who have added to the intensity of this rivalry.