10 Most Unforgettable Moments From Yankees-Red Sox Rivalry

April 16, 2019 - 11:43 am

Doing battle for nearly 120 years, the Yankees and Red Sox have arguably the greatest rivalry in sports. Here's a look at the 10 most unforgettable moments between the iconic franchises.
10. Jeter's Catch In Stands

Who could forget the blood streaming down Derek Jeter's face after making a catch and flying into the Yankee Stadium stands? While it was only a regular season game -- on July 1, 2004 -- it had a playoff atmosphere with the Red Sox in the other dugout. Jeter made the catch in fair territory, but his momentum took him into the first row, and he somehow held on to the ball going down. 

9. 1978 'Boston Massacre'

In September 1978, the Yankees entered a four-game series at Fenway Park trailing the Red Sox by four games in the division. The Bombers swept the series, outscoring Boston 42-9. The Yankees later won a tiebreaker game against the Red Sox (more on that later) and then proceeded to win the the World Series for the second year in a row.

8. Righetti's No-Hitter

On July 4, 1983 at Yankee Stadium, Dave Righetti pitched a no-hitter against the Sox. The 24-year-old left-hander struck out nine batters in the 4-0 victory.


7. Pedro Martinez-Don Zimmer Brawl

It's not often that you see a 72-year-old coach get thrown to the ground by a 32-year-old player, but that's exactly what happened when the Yankees and Red Sox met in Game 3 of the 2003 ALCS at Fenway Park. When the benches cleared after Boston's Manny Ramirez took exception with a Roger Clemens pitch, benches cleared. In the melee, Zimmer charged at Martinez, who grabbed him by the head and flung him down.

6. 1941 MVP Race

The 1941 American League MVP race was one for the ages between two legendary hitters: Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams. It was the last time we saw anyone hit over .400, as Williams finished at .406 and still lost out on the MVP award. DiMaggio, who went on his record 56-game hit streak that year, beat out the Splendid Splinter. The 26-year-old DiMaggio hit .357 with 30 homers and 125 RBIs that season, while Williams, just 22 years old, had 37 homers and 120 RBIs.

5. Bucky Dent's Homer

In the tiebreaker game on Oct. 2, 1978 at Fenway Park, Dent erased a 2-0 deficit in the seventh inning by hitting a three-run homer off Mike Torrez. The Yankees went on to win the game 5-4. The play spawned a generation of Red Sox fans who were known to say "Bucky F'ing Dent!"

4. Maris' 61st Homer

In the regular-season finale on Oct. 1, 1961, Roger Maris deposited a Tracy Stallard fastball into the Yankee Stadium right-field stands, his 61st home run of the season, breaking the 34-year-old single-season record set by Ruth. Maris' mark stood until Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa both eclipsed it in 1998.

3. Aaron Boone Homer in '03 ALCS

In Game 7, the Yankees came back from a 5-2 deficit to tie the game in the eighth inning after the Red Sox left Pedro Martinez in a couple batters too long. In the 11th inning, Boone delivered a walk-off home run off of Tim Wakefield that sent the Bronx Bombers to the World Series. The Yankees would go on to lose the Fall Classic to the Marlins, but no one will forget the Boone homer, which defined his short time as a Yankee before returning as the team's manager 15 years later.

2. 2004 ALCS

The Yankees took a commanding 3-0 lead after winning Game 3 at Fenway 19-8. The series was deemed to be over by practically everyone not wearing a Boston uniform. A Dave Roberts steal, a David Ortiz walk-off homer and a Curt Schilling bloody sock later, and the Red Sox became the first team ever to win a series after trailing 3-0. They went on to break their supposed curse and win their first World Series in 86 years. This series was truly the height of the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry. 

1. Babe Ruth Contract Sold

On Jan. 5, 1920, the Yankees purchased Babe Ruth's contract from the Red Sox for $125,000, forever altering the course of baseball history. The Yankees would go on to win 27 World Series -- seven with Ruth -- while in Boston, the Red Sox failed to win a world championship from 1918 until 2004, a period defined by the "Curse of the Bambino."

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