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Red Sox become first pro team so honored

11/28/2004 - Boston Red Sox

NEW YORK -- A month after winning their first World Series title since 1918, the Boston Red Sox were honored as Sports Illustrated's Sportsmen of the Year -- the first major pro sports team to receive the award.

"Every Sox fan everywhere shares in this with the team," SI
managing editor Terry McDonell said.

The issue hits newsstands Wednesday.

The Red Sox made an unprecedented rally from a 3-0 deficit to beat the New York Yankees in the AL Championship Series. They then swept the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series to put an end to the supposed "Curse of the Bambino."

Boston pitcher Curt Schilling is part of the SI honor for the
second time. He and Randy Johnson shared the honor after helping
the Arizona Diamondbacks win the 2001 World Series. The only
two-time individual winner is Tiger Woods (1996, 2000). Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski is the only individual Red Sox player honored as SI Sportsman (1967).

San Antonio Spurs teammates David Robinson and Tim Duncan shared SI's 2003 honor.