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Longest-Running Feud in Baseball

Wednesday, March 30, 2005; Page H04

Sept. 11, 1918: The Boston Red Sox win the World Series.

• Jan. 3, 1920: Boston owner Harry Frazee sells Babe Ruth to the Yankees.

Light-hitting shortstop Bucky Dent helped the Yankees to the AL East title in 1978 when he homered off Mike Torrez. (AP)

• May 30, 1938: Red Sox player-manager Joe Cronin and New York outfielder Jake Powell fight on the field and beneath the stands at Yankee Stadium. Both are fined and suspended for 10 days.

• 1941: Ted Williams bats .406 for the Red Sox, the last .400 season in the major leagues. But Joe DiMaggio's record 56-game hitting streak carries him to the American League Most Valuable Player Award. The Yankees win their fifth World Series in six years.

• Oct. 1-2, 1949: The pennant race comes down to the last weekend of the season, when New York beats Boston at Yankee Stadium on the final two days to win by one game. The Yankees go on to win their first of a record five consecutive World Series.

• May 24, 1952: Boston's Jimmy Piersall and New York's Billy Martin trade punches in the tunnel under the stands at Fenway Park.

• June 21, 1967: Another fight, this one in the Bronx, after Thad Tillotson hit Boston's Joe Foy with a pitch and Jim Lonborg plunked Tillotson.

• Aug. 1, 1973: Thurman Munson rams Boston's Carlton Fisk at home plate, sparking a brawl between the two feisty catchers at Fenway Park.

• May 20, 1976: Lou Piniella barrels into Fisk at the plate at Yankee Stadium, and Red Sox pitcher Bill Lee cracks his collarbone in the subsequent fight.

• Oct. 2, 1978: Shortstop Bucky Dent's pop fly clears the Green Monster, helping the Yankees to victory in a one-game playoff for the AL East crown after they trailed Boston by 14 games on July 19.

• Oct. 16, 1999: Pedro Martinez and the Red Sox rout their former ace, Roger Clemens, 13-1, at Fenway Park to win Game 3 of the AL Championship Series. New York won the series, 4-1.

• Oct. 11, 2003: During a Game 3 brawl, Yankees bench coach and former Red Sox manager Don Zimmer, 73, lunges at Martinez, who throws him to the ground. Later in the game, two Yankees players get into a fight with a groundskeeper after he cheered for Boston in the Yankees bullpen at Fenway Park.

• Oct. 16, 2003: The Yankees rally to tie Game 7 after Red Sox Manager Grady Little decides not to remove Martinez in the eighth inning. Aaron Boone homers off Tim Wakefield in the 11th to send the Yankees to the World Series.

• Dec. 18, 2003: The Red Sox try to trade for Texas Rangers shortstop Alex Rodriguez, but the players' union vetoes a proposal to restructure his record 10-year, $252 million contract. Two months later, the Yankees trade Alfonso Soriano for Rodriguez.

July 24, 2004: Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek shoves Rodriguez in the face, inciting a brawl at Fenway Park, and the inspired Red Sox rally to win on Bill Mueller's ninth-inning homer off Mariano Rivera.

Sept. 24, 2004: The Yankees rally for a 6-4 victory against Pedro Martinez at Fenway Park. Afterward, Martinez concedes to the team he's had difficulty beating: "What can I say? I just tip my hat and call the Yankees my daddy."

• Oct. 16, 2004: The Yankees, playing Boston for the second straight year in the ALCS, take a 3-0 lead in the series with a 19-8 rout at Fenway Park. Hideki Matsui hits two home runs to lead a 22-hit attack.

• Oct. 18, 2004: The Red Sox avoid elimination not once, but twice, on the same day. Game 4 ends about 1:30 a.m. as David Ortiz hits a 12th-inning homer. About 15 hours later, the teams embark on a 14-inning marathon Game 5 that ends with an Ortiz RBI single.

• Oct. 19, 2004: Curt Schilling, pitching with a sutured tendon in his right ankle that results in a bloody sock, goes seven strong innings as Boston forces Game 7 in the ALCS.

• Oct. 20, 2004: Johnny Damon hits two home runs and the Red Sox finally beat their nemesis, 10-3, for the American League pennant.

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