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Congratulations to the Red Sox, 2018 World Series Champions! If you can't get enough of the Red Sox, check out these books and Read Sox!


	Papi : my story
Papi : my story
by David Ortiz

Published to commemorate Ortiz's retirement, a no-holds-barred memoir by the record-setting clutch slugger focuses on his most recent decades and includes coverage of such topics as his youth in the Dominican Republic, his tense relationship with Twins manager Tom Kelly, his storied achievements with the Rex Sox and his perspectives into the Boston Marathon bombing.
Can you believe it? : 30 years of insider stories with the Boston Red Sox
Can you believe it? : 30 years of insider stories with the Boston Red Sox
by Joe Castiglione

In this chronicle, the beloved broadcaster offers his insider account of one of the most dominant baseball teams of the past decade-from the heartbreaking 1986 World Series and the turbulent 1990s to the magical 2004 American League Central Series and World Series, the 2007 championship season, and the state of the team today. Castiglione takes fans behind the microphone and into the champagne soaked clubhouse, hotels, and back rooms where even media had no access, and recounts such tales of his tenure as his friendship with Pedro Martinez and what it was like to ride in the Duck Tour boats during Boston's victory parades.
So good! : the incredible championship season of the 2007 Red Sox
So good! : the incredible championship season of the 2007 Red Sox
by Gregory H. Lee

Nearly a century without a World Series championship and now two in four years?! This Red Sox squad is summed up by the title of the Boston Globe's official keepsake of the championship season: So Good!
Tom Yawkey : patriarch of the Boston Red Sox
Tom Yawkey : patriarch of the Boston Red Sox
by Bill Nowlin

Few people have influenced a team as much as did Tom Yawkey (1903-76) as owner of the Boston Red Sox. After purchasing the Red Sox for $1.2 million in 1932, Yawkey poured millions into building a better team and making the franchise relevant again. Bill Nowlin takes a close look at Yawkey's life as a sportsman and as one of the leading philanthropists in New England and South Carolina. He also addresses Yawkey's leadership style and issues of racism during his tenure with the Red Sox.
Spirit of '67 : the cardiac kids, El Birdos, and the World Series that captivated America
Spirit of '67 : the cardiac kids, El Birdos, and the World Series that captivated America
by Thomas J. Whalen

Using the colorful and tumultuous 1960s as a backdrop, acclaimed author Thomas J. Whalen's Spirit of '67: The Cardiac Kids, El Birdos, and the World Series That Captivated America shows how the Red Sox and Cardinals waged an epic battle for baseball supremacy that captured the imagination of weary Americans looking for escape from the urban riots, racial turmoil, and antiwar protests that were roiling 1960s society. "How many people ever do anything that makes so many people happy?" Sox pitcher Gary Bell asked years later, in reference to their classic autumn clash. The book examines the unique bond that each team had with its own fanbase, going back to each franchise's chaotic beginning at the turn of the twentieth century. Relating issues of ethnicity, politics, class, and economics, Whalen sets out to reveal the exactly what was at stake in the 1967 fall classic, and how echoes from that unforgettable season still ring through both cities, and American culture, to this day.

	The selling of the Babe : the deal that changed baseball and created a legend
The selling of the Babe : the deal that changed baseball and created a legend
by Glenn Stout

The first book to focus on the ramifications of the sale of Babe Ruth by the Boston Red Sox to the New York Yankees in 1919 reveals brand-new information about Babe and the unique political situation surrounding his sale, which transformed him from player to icon and sparked a new era in the game.
The Kid : the immortal life of Ted Williams
The Kid : the immortal life of Ted Williams
by Ben Bradlee

This biography of the baseball legend describes how his 1941 .406 batting average hasn't been topped since and discusses how he served as a Marine pilot in WWII and Korea and spent most of his life hiding his Mexican heritage.
The DiMaggios : three brothers, their passion for baseball, their pursuit of the American dream
The DiMaggios : three brothers, their passion for baseball, their pursuit of the American dream
by Thomas Clavin

More than 350 sets of brothers have played in the major leagues since the 1870s, but few have had the skill, the charisma, or the success of the DiMaggio brothers. Joe, "The Yankee Clipper, " is an American icon, but two of his brothers were dynamic players in their own right. Dominic, known as "The Little Professor, " was a seven-time All-Star with the Boston Red Sox 1940-1953. He hit better than .300 five times in his career, and like his big brother, rarely struck out. Vince DiMaggio, the eldest, made two All-Star teams and in 1941 smacked 21 homers and drove in 200 RBIs for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Journalist Tom Clavin draws on a wealth of source materials, interviews with family members and teammates, and in-depth reporting to reveal how three kids from an immigrant family found their way to the upper echelons of American sports and popular culture. This vivid portrait of a family is also an exploration of an era and a culture.

	Fenway Park : a salute to the coolest, cruelest, longest-running baseball park in America
Fenway Park : a salute to the coolest, cruelest, longest-running baseball park in America
by John Powers

With a decade-by-decade narrative detailing the history of the Red Sox--plus illustrated sidebars of events such as concerts, political rallies and papal visits--a 100-year celebration of Fenway Park includes a poster of the blueprints of Fenway's 1931 renovation and a gatefold of the Green Monster.

	Fenway 1912 : the birth of a ballpark, a championship season, and Fenway's remarkable first year
Fenway 1912 : the birth of a ballpark, a championship season, and Fenway's remarkable first year
by Glenn Stout

A centennial tribute to the beloved ballpark shares the behind-the-scenes story of its tumultuous origins and first year, sharing coverage of such topics as the unorthodox blueprint that belies the park's notorious quirks, the construction contributions of local citizens and the history-making World Series battle between the Red Sox and the Giants.