Curse of the Bambino

Although he had led the Boston Red Sox to three pennants in the past six years, owner Harry Frazee sold Babe Ruth (on January 9th, 1920) to the New York Yankees for $125,000 -- and a $300,000 loan (for Frazee). In his first year as a Yankee, Ruth hit 54 home runs. The Red Sox (as a team) hit 22.

Ruth led the Yankees to seven pennants. The Red Sox, on the other hand, did not win another for twenty-eight years. The sale, it was said, had left the team with $125,000 -- and 'the Curse of the Bambino.' Sure enough, the Red Sox rounded out the century without winning a title, while the Yanks racked up 25.

And what happened to the money? Frazee, a Broadway producer, used it to finance the ill-fated musical No, No, Nanette.

[The Sox broke the curse in 2004, winning the World Series with eight straight victories -- after three early losses to the New York Yankees in the American League Championship series.]

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