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Boston is the capital and largest city of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and is one of the oldest cities in the United States. The largest city in New England, Boston is considered the economic and cultural center of the region, and is sometimes regarded as the unofficial "Capital of New England".[1] Boston city proper had a 2007 estimated population of 608,352, making it the twenty-first largest in the country.[2] Boston is also the anchor of a substantially larger metropolitan area called Greater Boston, home to 4.5 million people and the tenth-largest metropolitan area in the country.[3] Greater Boston as a commuting region includes all of Rhode Island and parts of New Hampshire; it includes 7.5 million people, making it the fifth-largest Combined Statistical Area in the United States.[4][5]

In Baseball[]

The Boston Red Sox, a founding member of the American League of Major League Baseball in 1901, play their home games at Fenway Park, near Kenmore Square in the Fenway section of Boston. Built in 1912, it is the oldest sports arena or stadium in active use in the United States among the four major professional sports.[6] Boston was also the site of the first game of the first modern World Series, in 1903. The series was played between the AL Champion Boston Americans and the NL champion Pittsburgh Pirates.[7][8] Persistent reports that the team was known in 1903 as the "Boston Pilgrims" appear to be unfounded.[9] Boston's first professional baseball team was the Red Stockings, one of the charter members of the National League in 1871. The team played under that name until 1883, under the name Beaneaters until 1911, and under the name Braves from 1912 until they moved to Milwaukee after the 1952 season. Since 1966 they have played in Atlanta as the Atlanta Braves.[10]

Several colleges also play in Boston, including four Division 1 schools, Boston College, Boston University, Northeastern University, and Harvard.

List of Players from Boston[]

  1. Steinbicker, Earl (2000). 50 one day adventures—Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire.. Hastings House/Daytrips Publishers, 7.
  2. Ebbert, Stephanie. "Revision puts population estimate for Hub over 600,000", The Boston Globe, Globe Newspaper Company, 2008-12-05. Retrieved on 2009-04-11.
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  5. Boston-Worcester-Manchester, MA-RI-NH Combined Statistical Area. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Economics and Statistics Administration U.S. Census Bureau (2007). Retrieved on 2009-06-20.
  6. Fenway Park. Retrieved on 2009-04-01.
  7. Abrams, Roger I. (2007-02-19). Hall of Fame third baseman led Boston to first AL pennant. National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Retrieved on 2009-04-01.
  8. 1903 World Series – Major League Baseball: World Series History. Major League Baseball at (2007). Retrieved on 2007-02-18. Please note: This source, like many others, uses the erroneous "Pilgrims" name that is debunked by the Nowlin reference following.
  9. Bill Nowlin (2008). The Boston Pilgrims Never Existed. Baseball Almanac. Retrieved on 2008-04-03.
  10. Braves History. Retrieved on 2009-05-02.