Yearbook, Dec. 4: Red Sox hire Francona

December, 4, 2012
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Dec. 4, 2003: It ended badly, with the two sides parting ways after a stunning late-season collapse in 2011.

But this day nine years ago still brought about a special era for the Boston Red Sox: The Terry Francona Era, during which the cursed club won two World Series trophies -- including one in his first year as manager, an 86-year-drought-busting title so famously claimed thanks to the team's stunning comeback from a 3-0 ALCS deficit against the New York Yankees.

Francona's Sox won again in 2007, and he completed his Boston tenure with a 744-552 record. Now he's with the Cleveland Indians, while Boston is on its second manager since Francona left.

Terry Francona being introduced as Boston Red Sox managerJessica Rinaldi/Getty ImagesFrancona, at his introductory press conference.
Terry Francona, Theo Epstein and the Boston Red Sox after being the New York Yankees in the 2004 ALCSAP Photo/Charles KrupaFrancona with GM Theo Epstein after completing the Yankees comeback.
Francona and Red SoxAP Photo/David J. PhillipFrancona, with Red Sox president Larry Lucchino, left, and Epstein, after winning the 2007 World Series.
Terry Francona, leaving the Boston Red Sox in 2011AP Photo/Bizuayehu TesfayeFrancona, at the press conference announcing his departure in 2011.
Patrick Dorsey works for SportsNation. He has worked for the Web and newspapers, had a cup of craft service coffee in film school, and played in one Division III golf tournament (he shot 105).

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