October 19: The “Bloody Sock” game. Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling — with an injured right ankle that’s been hastily sutured and injected with painkillers and anti-inflammatories — delivers a stellar performance in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series (ALCS) against the rival New York Yankees. The game is a key component to a miraculous series comeback (the Sox were down three games, at one point), on the way to the first Red Sox World Series victory after 86 “cursed” years.
September: With a $5 million investment of his own money, Schilling announces the founding of a video game production company called Green Monster Games.
That name is eventually changed to 38 Studios, in homage to Schilling’s baseball jersey number. Schilling’s wife’s uncle, Bill Thomas, a retired business executive, is one of the company’s first full-time employees.
Fall: Schilling tosses three postseason wins, en route to the Red Sox’ second World Series victory in four years, further cementing his status as a New England sports legend.
March 23: Schilling announces his retirement from Major League Baseball.
October 8: Documents made public in 2014 — handed over by a “38 Studios insider” to House Oversight Committee chairwoman, Karen MacBeth (D-Cumberland) — indicate that 38 Studios non-disclosure agreements were signed on this day by then-Rhode Island House Speaker William Murphy, Representative Gordon Fox, and Providence attorney and tax-credit broker, Michael Corso. The story behind these “NDA”’s remains one of the big 38 Studios mysteries.
February 11: Gordon Fox is elected House Speaker. In his remarks, he says, “It is my top priority to make sure that Rhode Island can attract high-quality jobs and train its workers so they have the skills to succeed.’’
March 6: Governor Don Carcieri speaks with Curt Schilling at a fundraiser at the retired pitcher’s home in Medfield, Massachusetts. This was long believed to be the moment when the idea to bring 38 Studios to Rhode Island was born.
May 19: House Bill 8158 is introduced, which would allow the EDC to sell up to $125 million in bonds for the purpose of lending money to spur RI business growth. “Priority shall be given to guarantees that align with the State’s economic development strategy to expand high-wage jobs in knowledge industry growth clusters,” one section reads.