It’s one of the great rivalries in American sport.
Now, for one weekend only, 130,000 UK baseball fans will have the chance to soak up the unique atmosphere of a Red Sox vs Yankees game. MLB is set to make its mark on London as two of the sport’s most iconic clubs play in Europe for the first time in their history.
Find out what’s at stake as two of the most famous names in MLB do battle at the London Stadium…
MLB London Series 2019 – Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees Preview
A potted history of the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry
The 130,000 fans flocking to the London Stadium this weekend will witness first-hand a rivalry that stretches back over 100 years.
Much of the legend built up around this fierce rivalry rests on the ‘Curse of the Gambino’.
Back in 1919, Harry Frazee made arguably one of the biggest mistakes in sporting history. The Red Sox owner lost patience with star pitcher Babe Ruth and decided to cut his losses by selling him to the Yankees.
Ruth would go on to become arguably the greatest player in the history of the game, enjoying a stellar career with the Yankees as the Red Sox’s fortunes went in the other direction. Ruth’s World Series win with the Red Sox in 1918 would be the team’s last championship for 86 years.
Inspired by the legacy built by Ruth, the Yankees dominated the World Series in the 20th century. Officially the most successful team in MLB history, the Yankees have made 40 World Series appearances, winning 27. However, momentum has stalled in recent seasons.
It’s now been 10 years since the Yankees’ last World Series outing, a 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies in 2009. In that time, the Red Sox have rallied after finally breaking their World Series curse, claiming four titles since 2004.
So far this season, it’s advantage Yankees in the race to top the American League East, but the Red Sox won the last meeting between the sides. Will form count for anything as the two sides meet in the MLB London Series 2019?
Total meetings: 2,262
Regular season series: Yankees 1,206–1,019–14
Postseason results: Yankees – 12-11
2019 season series: Yankees 4-1
Longest winning streak: Red Sox, 17 games (1911-12)
World Series titles – Yankees – 27, Red Sox – 9
Current MLB season
American League (East) standings Yankees – 1st, Red Sox – 3rd
Last meeting Yankees 5-8 Red Sox
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