In addition to the beautiful historical sights and lessons of New England, the area also hosts many famous sports teams that are beloved around the US and around the world.
For America’s quintessential sport, football, New England is home to the New England Patriots. The team was founded in 1959 and originally named the “Boston Patriots,” first playing on the Boston University field in 1960. In 1963, they moved to Fenway Park for home games, where they claimed their first division crown with a 7-6-1 record. In 1970, after ten years of playing at four different sites, including Boston University Field, Harvard Stadium, Fenway Park and Boston College Alumni Stadium, the Patriots selected Foxborough as the new home of the team. In March 1971, the team was renamed the New England Patriots.
America’s pastime, baseball, has New England’s contribution in the Boston Red Sox, which historically boasts a famous picture of big right hander Cy Young. Young spent nearly 20 years in the big leagues and set the pitching standard for all of baseball to follow. He was the only pitcher in baseball’s first 100 years to win 500 games, including three no-hit shutouts and a perfect game on May 5, 1904. Additionally, legendary Fenway Park was built in 1912 specifically for the Red Sox, which they moved to upon completion after leasing a park from the Huntington Avenue Grounds.
New England also hosts active and famous teams in many these and many other sports, including the Cape Cod Baseball League, the Boston Celtics (basketball), the Boston Bruins, Springfield Falcons, and Portland Pirates (hockey), and the New England Revolution (soccer).