The 1916 Red Sox finished the season with an American League-best 91-63 record and defeated the Brooklyn Dodgers in five games to win the World Series. As a unit, the Red Sox hit only 14 home runs, and Gainer was one of a trio of players to lead the team in home runs with three. Joining him was a 21-year-old pitcher named Babe Ruth, who also led the team with 23 wins and a 1.75 ERA.
In 1955, time and again after, and even now, the questions was, Has Las Vegas overextended itself? Viewing these photos of the sparse desert land, with knowledge of city’s rich boom since, the answer, at least then, was an emphatic and laughable, “No!”
Sports Illustrated: The 60 Best Athletes to Follow on Instagram
This is a great list, and SI.com features a choice photo from each account. Presented here, clockwise from top-left, are Kevin Durant (@sniperjones35), Serena Williams (@serenawilliams), LeBron James (@kingjames) and Stephanie Rice (@itsstephrice).