In 1901 the minor Western League became part of the Major Leagues. They called this new league the American League and began to compete against the National League. The Boston Red Sox were one of the teams established in the American League. While the team was established in 1901, they did not have an official name until 1908. Up until 1908 the team was referred to as the "Bostonians," "Boston Americans," "American Leaguers," and various other nicknames.