From the archives | April 11 Fans revel as Red Sox return as champions First banner in 86 years is raised ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page David L Ryan/Globe Staff A packed house turned out on Opening Day to watch the Red Sox raise their first championship banner in 86 years. Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff Red Sox players walked out to center field, where they hoisted the banner celebrating last year's World Series title. Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff War veterans carried the World Series trophy and the team's championship rings onto the field. Jim Davis/Globe Staff The Red Sox invited fellow Boston champions Richard Seymour, Tedy Bruschi, Bill Russell, and Bobby Orr, left to right, to participate in the ceremony. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Red Sox legend Johnny Pesky saluted the crowd after receiving his ring. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Dave Roberts, who is no longer with the team but whose steal in Game 4 of the ALCS was a turning point in last year's title run, was back to receive his ring, Jim Davis/Globe Staff The Red Sox invited former players such as Luis Tiant, Sam Horn, Jim Corsi, Jim Rice, Rich Gedman, Tommy Harper, Carl Yastrzemski, and Joe Morgan, left to right, to celebrate with them. David L Ryan/Globe Staff The archrival Yankees watched the ceremonies from the visiting dugout. Bill Greene/Globe Staff The championship banner flew high above Fenway Park.