Red Sox Make a Comeback

In 1932, the Boston Red Sox hit an all-time low, losing 111 games and attracting only 180,000 spectators for the entire season.

But, the next year, Tom Yawkey bought the team and threw himself wholeheartedly into managing the ball club.

Ted Williams signed onto  his roster in 1939. In 1940, Fenway Park set a new record for attendance, breaking the standard set in 1909.

Above and right: Ted Williams signs a contract under the eye of Tom Yawkee, LIFE Magazine.