Nowlin: The Boston Red Sox’s depressing years

From SABR member Bill Nowlin at The National Pastime Museum on December 20, 2016:

Coming off a decade when the Boston Red Sox won four world championships in a seven-year stretch (1912, 1915, 1916, and 1918), the Sox entered the 1920s never having been beaten for a World Series title. With their win in the first World Series ever played (1903) and the 1904 season when the National League’s New York Giants refused to play them in the postseason, they’d been a dynasty.

Come the Roaring Twenties that followed the First World War, the New York Yankees began their run. They lost their first two World Series in 1921 and 1922, but then won one in 1923 and three more in 1927, 1928, and 1932. From 1936 through 1939, the Yanks won four in a row.

Where were the Red Sox during all of this Yankee winning? While the Great Depression started after Black Tuesday in 1929, the Red Sox had long since entered their Depressing Years.

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Originally published: December 20, 2016. Last Updated: December 20, 2016.