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Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Yearbook, Dec. 4: Red Sox hire Francona

By Patrick Dorsey

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 manager
Francona, at his introductory press conference.
Terry Francona, Theo Epstein and the Boston Red Sox after being the New York Yankees in the 2004 ALCS
Francona with GM Theo Epstein after completing the Yankees comeback.
Francona and Red Sox
Francona, with Red Sox president Larry Lucchino, left, and Epstein, after winning the 2007 World Series.
Terry Francona, leaving the Boston Red Sox in 2011
Francona, at the press conference announcing his departure in 2011.