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May 08, 2010


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The Americans and the Highlanders


Wade Boggs is the only player I can think of off the top of my head. The Yankees, I found out just the other day, started life as the Baltimore Orioles, before moving to New York after 2 years. They probably played Boston, who was an original AL team, in those years. After moving to NY the Yankees were officially the "Highlanders" for a while. It seems the Red Soxs didn't have an official nick-name until 1907 or so, but had several unofficial ones, my favorite being the "bean-eaters". Many jokes about "wind assisted" home runs are possible with that one.


In addition to Boggs, Red Ruffing is another. And I think Joe McCarthy managed the Red Sox as well as the Yankees.

Marc Blitz

Jack Chesbro, the Highlanders pitcher who lost the pennant to the Red Sox at the end of the season after winning 41 games in 1904. Played for NY much longer than Boston but was on both.

Tim Zinnecker

The link below states that the two teams first met on May 7, 1907, when the "Pilgrims" beat the "Highlanders" by a score of 6-2.

Boggs, Ruffing, and Chesbro are correct answers. The missing three include two pitchers and one non-pitcher (the most recent addition to the Hall of the three --- by 40 years over one pitcher and over 50 years over the other pitcher).


Herb Pennock? (I suppose, technically, the question was "play for" and I guess McCarthy didn't PLAY for both--but am I mistaken that he managed both?)

Tim Zinnecker

Herb Pennock is correct.

After managing the NL Chicago franchise for a few years, Joe McCarthy jumped to the AL, where he managed the Yankees for several years before concluding his career with Boston.


Rickey Henderson


Waite Hoyt

Tim Zinnecker

Henderson and Hoyt were the last two answers we were looking for!

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