Happy Anni-Curse-ary, Babe Ruth

On December 26, 1919, the Boston Red Sox sold a left-handed pitcher and outfielder named George Herman Ruth to the New York Yankees for $125,000, partially to finance a stage play called My Lady Friends. As of December 2020, that has an inflated value of $1,880,267.34 in today’s money. For 86 years, the Red Sox suffered what has become known as the Curse of the Bambino. Between the end of the 1918 season and the completion of the 2003 season, the Sox made the playoffs only ten times, including the famous loss to the Mets in 1986 (“Behind the bag! It gets through Buckner!“).

Since 2003, the Red Sox have been wildly successful. They have made the playoffs nine times and have won an amazing four World Series in that time. Perhaps 84 season of misery was judged too harsh by the baseball gods, who decided to reward the long-suffering fans with consistent success.

Whatever the reason, I hope management for the Texas Rangers is watching. Maybe a curse is what we Rangers fans need. At least it would justify the heartbreak caused by Nelson Cruz.

Of course, after the curse began, Babe Ruth had what one may call a decent career. In addition to the three World Series he won with Boston, Babe won four more with the Yankees. He also made the first ever All Star Game (1933), led the league in home runs eleven more times (he also led the league in his last year with the Sox for a career total of twelve), and led the league in RBIs six times, all with the Yankees. He played too long, eventually being a player/assistant manager for the Boston Braves. Many people consider him one of the best baseball players who has ever lived, and regardless of that, he remains an icon and a piece of the American Zeitgeist to this day.

And so, 101 years on, we wish the late Babe a Happy Annicurseary!

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