Boston Red Sox
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Businessman and baseball executive Byron “Ban” Johnson, who founded and became president of the minor league Western League (WL) in the early 1890s, renamed it American League (AL) in 1900. One year later, co-owner Johnson and Charles Somers’ Boston Americans joined the AL and finished in second place to the Chicago White Sox and then third to the Philadelphia Athletics and St. Louis Browns the following year. After winning the AL pennant in 1903, the Americans defeated the National League (NL) Pittsburgh Pirates in five of eight games to win professional baseball’s first World Series.