Boston is known as one of the most popular and oldest cities in America. Having been the intellectual, medical, educational and even the financial center of the nation at one point, Boston is also known for its eager support and finance of many professional sports. In fact its history in sports is almost as deep as the city’s own treasured history. Perhaps the most famous of all of their sporting histories is their foray into Basketball, with the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox are one of the founding members of Major League Baseball’s American League, and only one of four leagues who still play in the city that they were founded in. Fenway Park is the home stadium of the Red Sox.
As if that wasn’t enough, Boston was where the very first game in the very first World Series occurred, all the way back in 1903. This series was played by the Red Sox who were known then as ‘The Americans’, against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Red Sox were the winners of that series, as well as seven more. The Boston Red Sox is home to a great many legendary players – members of the Hall of Fame such as the great Babe Ruth, Cy Young, Carl Yastrzemski and Ted Williams among many others.
Baseball isn’t the only professional sport that Boston shines in – the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association are just as legendary as their baseball counterparts. As a matter of fact the Celtics are historically known to still have more World Championship titles than any other team, with a staggering 17 championships. Like the Red Sox, many Celtics players have gone on to become legendary in their own right and entering the hall of fame such as Bill Russell, Dave Cowens, Bob Cousy, Larry Bird and John Havlicek among many more.
And yet despite all of these heavy hitters, Boston is famous still for its ice hockey team, the Boston Bruins. They were the first American member of the famous National Hockey League and were part of the Original Six, having won their sixth Stanley Cup in 2011. Just like basketball and baseball, there are also ice hockey members who made it to the hall of fame. This includes names such as the legendary Bobby Orr, Mitt Schmidt, Raymond Bourque and Eddie Shore.
Last but not least, Boston is known to be the place where American Football originated. The New England Patriots, a team that needs no introduction – owe most of their fame and reputation to Boston and its rich history in professional sports.