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Reviving the Yankees-Red Sox Rivalry: Munson V. Fisk

Published by on April 16, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

As Yankees and Red Sox fans anticipate the first regular season clash of their teams next week at Fenway, they may enjoy pausing for a quick look at some history. A game played in Boston on Aug. 1, 1973 was instrumental in creating the fierce rivalry that exists today. 

Carl Yastrzemski said there was not much of a rivalry between the Yankees and Red Sox when he arrived in Boston in 1961 because the Yankees were just too good. In 1963, though, Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris were hobbled by injuries and combined for just 38 homers, compared to the 115 they had swatted in '61.

Like the great New York teams of the past, the Mantle dynasty had been built around homegrown talent from the farm system and supplemented b...

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