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Red Sox hire Francona as manager

Originally Published: December 4, 2003
Associated Press

BOSTON -- Four of the first dozen men to manage the Boston Red Sox led the team to a World Series title. In more than eight decades since, twice as many and then some have tried and failed.

Now Terry Francona will give it a shot.

Francona has been hired as the next Red Sox manager, the team announced Thursday. He said he knew it was a perfect fit as soon as he came to Boston to interview with general manager Theo Epstein.

"I went home knowing this was a place I wanted ...

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