From Cy Young to Cy Young award winner Pedro Martinez, this is a franchise full of myth and history--the first to win a World Series and the last to cross the color line--and, contend authors Glenn Stout, the series editor of the annual Best American Sportswriting volume, and Richard A. Johnson, curator of the Sports Museum of New England, the most interesting franchise in the history of the game. Their splendid, fully illustrated chronicle, rich with anecdotes, of the club from 1901 to the present makes it hard to argue with the assessment. The Sox have always been interesting--as well as frustrating, enigmatic, contradictory, and thrilling, and Red Sox Century touches all of those bases. This is an exhaustively researched history, but it's also a fan's book, filled with affection and exasperation. Stout and Johnson effectively pepper their narrative with personal reflections and observations from writers such as Peter Gammons, Dan Shaughnessy, and Elizabeth Dooley. They also pick a Red Sox all-century team, make a fine case for Pedro's '99 season as the best ever for a pitcher, compile some requisite stats, and assemble the most complete Sox bibliography ever. About the only thing they don't supply is a good parking place near Fenway. --Jeff Silverman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
While the "text" portion was very thorough, the photos were a huge disappointment. First of all they are all black and white and not very good. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Carol C. Beplat
im not a great reader and this book is interesting, especially being a red sox fan in the midst of yankee country!Published 21 months ago by Christine Milborrow
If you are a "reader", interested in history, and seek details - this publication will please you to no end.Published on September 6, 2011 by Fred Diana
I am writing this review for anyone who owned the version that went up to 2003 who may be tempted to buy the "Updated, Expanded" version which includes the 2004 World Series... Read morePublished on July 16, 2009 by John F. Jamele
I received Red Sox Century expecting a comprehensive, fair look at the tumultuous history of my favorite team. Read morePublished on October 8, 2008 by Sean P. Holland
Any questions. What a bitter disappointment. If you are a novice baseball fan and just want this as a decorative piece, if fails you there too, with quite possibly the worst... Read morePublished on March 18, 2004
The writing is superb, attention to detail inspiring. If you're a Red Sox fan, you need to read this book.Published on November 27, 2003