New York Yankees (1913-Present)

After a decade of playing their home games at Hilltop Park, the Highlanders move into the Polo Grounds and change their name to the "New York Yankees."

Babe Ruth Trade (1919)

Despite helping the Red Sox to three World Series championships (1915, 1916 and 1918), Babe Ruth is traded to the Yankees in exchange for cash in December 1919. He would spend the next 15 seasons in pinstripes, win four more titles in New York and establish himself as one of the sport's greatest players ever.

Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio

In the years before and after their World War II service, outfielders Williams (Red Sox) and DiMaggio (Yankees) were perennial candidates for American League Most Valuable Player honors. They combined to win five AL MVP awards from 1939-1949.

One-Sided Rivalry (1949-1964)

Led by future Hall of Famers including Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford and Mickey Mantle, the Yankees won the American League pennant 14 times in a 16-year stretch. Nine of those trips resulted in a World Series title. Meanwhile, the Red Sox failed to win a single pennant during the same period.

Ely Sussman
The Yankees' success did not come without off-the-field drama. One of my favorite biographies, "The Last Boy" by Jane Leavy, details all of Mantle's personal demons.

"Bucky F****** Dent" (1978)

The 1978 Red Sox built an enormous lead over the Yankees in the AL East division early in the summer, only to finish the regular season in a tie for first place. Little-known shortstop Bucky Dent hit the decisive home run to earn New York a playoff berth, while extending Boston's championship drought yet another year.

Simultaneous Success (1995-Present)

In 1995, an expansion of the MLB postseason format allowed the Red Sox and Yankees to qualify for October baseball in the same year. They would go on to share the postseason stage seven more times over the next two decades.

Breaking the Curse (2004)

To end their 86-year World Series drought, the Red Sox pulled off a stunning comeback against the Yankees in the 2004 ALCS. They became the first—and remain the only—MLB team to ever overcome a 3-0 deficit in a best-of-seven postseason series. They went on to sweep the St. Louis Cardinals in the Fall Classic, and also won championships in 2007 and 2013.

Ely Sussman
Boston completed their comeback on a Wednesday night, and it devastated me as a young Yankee fan. My dad even let me skip school the rest of the week to grieve!

State of the Rivalry, 2017

The teams haven't met in the postseason since 2004, but that could change this season with both clubs coming off winning seasons. Competing for the services of MLB's best (and often, most expensive players), the Yankees and Red Sox enter 2017 with the second- and fourth-highest payrolls in the majors, according to data compiled by Spotrac.

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