Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees Rivalry: All-Time Records

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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge puts Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Joe Kelly in a headlock as they fight during the seventh inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, April 11, 2018. At right is Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers.
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  • Going into the 2023 season, the Red Sox and Yankees have played 2,320 games.
  • Their first meeting was Apr. 26, 1901, at Oriole Park in Baltimore.
  • The Yankees have won the most games, with an all-time record of 1,257-1,049-14.

The rivalry between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees is one of the fiercest and most iconic in American sports history, but which team has the most wins?

The first meeting between the teams was on Apr. 26, 1901, when the Red Sox (then known as the Boston Americans) and the Yankees (then known as the Baltimore Orioles) faced off at Oriole Park in Baltimore. The Orioles were victorious, winning 10-6, and in the over 120 years that have followed that game, the matchups have gotten even more competitive.

Now, the Yankees and Red Sox are rivals in the AL East, arguably one of the toughest divisions in Major League Baseball.

Meetings Total: 2,320 (going into 2023 season)

All-Time Record: Yankees, 1,257-1,049-14

Largest Victory: Yankees, 22-1 (2000)

Longest Win Streak: Red Sox, 17 straight games (1911-12)

Current Win Streak: Yankees have won six straight games (going into 2023 season)

Red Sox vs. Yankees: All-Time Records

The Yankees’ all-time record against the Red Sox is 1,257-1,049-14, going into the 2023 season. In the regular season, New York’s record against Boston sits at an impressive 1,242-1,037-14, but the two teams are tied, 12-12, in the postseason.

The Red Sox and Yankees have met five times in the playoffs — three times in the AL Championship Series (1999, 2003, and 2004), once in the AL Division Series (2018), and once in the AL Wild Card Game (2021). The Yankees won the ALCS in 1999 and 2003, but the Red Sox were victorious in the other three postseason matchups.

New York has won the World Series a total of 27 times, compared to Boston’s nine.

Curse of the Bambino

On Jan. 3, 1919, Red Sox owner Harry Frazee crossed enemy lines to sell star player Babe Ruth, nicknamed “The Great Bambino,” to the Yankees for $125,000 and a loan of $300,000, secured on Fenway Park. 

This was an extremely controversial move, made even more divisive by the fact that Ruth’s arrival in New York largely launched the Yankees’ dynasty, while simultaneously ushering in a long and painful period of mediocrity for the Red Sox.

Before the sale, the Red Sox held the record for the most titles won in the league, having taken home the World Series in 1903, 1912, 1915, 1916, and 1918. Their success came to an abrupt halt after the sale of Ruth, thus beginning the superstition of the Curse of the Bambino and intensifying the already burning rivalry between the two teams. 

The Red Sox didn’t win another World Series until 2004, 86 years after their last victory and 84 years after Ruth left Boston for New York. During that time, the Yankees won the World Series 26 times.

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