This Date In Baseball History- November 25, 2002- The Boston Red Sox name 28 year old Theo Epstein as their new general manager. The Boston Red Sox- who hadn’t won a World Series since 1918 when Babe Ruth played for them- hired Theo Epstein who grew up a mile from Fenway Park- and was a life long Red Sox fan to be their new general manager- at 28 years old- Epstein became the youngest general manager in baseball history.
The Red Sox since 1918 had gone to four World Series- 1946, 1967, 1975 and 1986- losing them all- sometimes in tragic ways. In Theo Epstein’s second season he would lead the Red Sox to the promise land- breaking the ‘Curse Of The Bambino.’ Epstein’s Red Sox would also win again in 2008- he would leave in 2011 having accomplished one ‘miracle’- and moved on to an even bigger challenge- the Chicago Cubs who hadn’t won a World Series since 1908. In 2016 a team built by Epstein would win the World Series in Chicago. Having accomplished his second miracle- Epstein left the Cubs last November and is now working as a consultant for MLB. He’s 47 I would expect him back running a ballclub sometime in the future. Hey Theo, the Cleveland Indians oh I mean Cleveland Guardians [what a terrible name]- have the longest current drought in baseball having last won in 1948. I think for the work he’s done in Boston and Chicago he’s already assured a place in Cooperstown.