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Pele’s Perfect Pass Completes a World Cup Legacy – 1970

MEXICO CITY – The 1970 World Cup was Pele’s last – and most difficult. Opponents brutalized the Brazilian maestro trying to limit his creativity, yet he still found a way to lead his country to the final. There, soccer fans witnessed a coronation of arguably the greatest team ever. Pele opened the scoring by leaping over an Italian defender to …

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Fan of the Week – Gary Haley

Gary Haley has been named FAN OF THE WEEK (week of 9/22/14) and will receive a Red Sox baseball cap to show appreciation for suggesting an Ultimate Matchup. Gary wanted to compare the 2013 Boston Red Sox team to the 2013 LA Dodgers team. View the Ultimate Matchup we created at his request here. Thanks to Gary for suggesting an Ultimate Matchup.

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Kelly Settling in Nicely Since Trade to Red Sox

Since being traded to Boston in exchange for John Lackey over the summer, Joe Kelly has continually proven himself a worthy addition to the Red Sox. The 26-year-old righty pitcher has started nine games in two months thus far for Boston. His career ERA is a solid 3.38, while this season he posts a 4.15. He has won 20 games …

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Pregame Notes: Rays at Red Sox 9-23-14

Since July 1, the Red Sox have struggled when facing AL East opponents at home. Boston has lost each of its last four games versus AL East opponents at Fenway Park and have been outscored 89-53 in their 15 home games versus AL East teams since July 1. Lowest Home Win Pct vs. Own Division Opponents – Since 7/1/2014 Team                     …

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Broadway Joe’s Guarantee Makes Him a Legend – 1969

MIAMI – Engineering one of the greatest upsets in NFL history was enough to make Joe Namath a sports legend. Guaranteeing the unlikely win? Well, that turned him into a celebrity across all walks of life. The charismatic quarterback led the upstart New York Jets to a 16-7 victory over the heavily-favored Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III, three days …

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Pregame Notes: Red Sox at Orioles 9-21-14

The Orioles were able to overcome an early deficit last night to get the 7-2 win. Their latest win made them one of four MLB teams with at least 40 comeback wins this season. The Los Angeles Angels lead with 45 come-from-behind victories in 2014. The Orioles have made the most of their chances with runners in scoring position at …

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Pregame Notes: Red Sox at Orioles 9-20-14

The Red Sox are having one of their worst seasons versus the AL East since divisions began in 1969. With a current record of 27-41 (.397), it’s their second-worst season since 1969, with 2012 being the worst with a record of 26-46 (.361).  The Orioles have a sub-3.00 ERA versus Boston this season.  Baltimore, Lowest Single-Season ERA vs. Boston, Since …

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Pregame Notes: Red Sox at Orioles 9-19-14

The Orioles have clinched the season series with both the Red Sox and Yankees, the first time they have done so since 1980. Their combined record against those traditional AL East powers is 21-10 (.677), second best in any season since moving to Baltimore in 1954. The Orioles are 13-4 in September, with a 2.49 team ERA. That would be …

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Pregame Notes: Red Sox at Pirates 9-16-14

This rematch of the 1903 World Series is only the fourth series between the Boston Red Sox and Pittsburgh Pirates since the start of interleague play, and first since 2011. Although the Red Sox have a large statistical edge, they only lead by one in the win column. Red Sox vs. Pirates, Regular Season – All-Time Red Sox/Pirates Wins   …

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Beamon Takes One Giant Leap for Mankind – 1968

MEXICO CITY – Records are made to be broken – but shattered like this? Bob Beamon didn’t just win the gold medal with a remarkable leap of 29 feet, 2½ inches at the 1968 Summer Games, he eclipsed the limit of what many thought was humanly possible. Not only did he become the first man to surpass 29 feet, but …

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Holt Gaining Respect as Red Sox’s Utility Man

The term “utility player” is one that carries great respect within the baseball diamond. For the Red Sox, 26-year-old Brock Holt is the man of many talents; a versatile player who while primarily a third baseman, has also put in time at shortstop, left field, center field, right field and outfield. Holt has shined in every position this season, not …

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Fan of the Week – Todd Messore

Todd Messore of Milton, MA has been named FAN OF THE WEEK (week of 9/8/14) and will receive a Red Sox baseball cap to show appreciation for submitting a Fresh Takes topic. Todd wanted us to highlight the recent achievements of some of his Red Sox favorites – rookies Xander Bogaert and Mookie Betts, and veteran David Ortiz. Read the Fresh Takes blog Danny …

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