It all started in 1901 when the Red Sox was founded as one of the American League’s eight charter franchises.
The chain of its victory rolled on from the 1903 World Series, where it defeated Pittsburgh Pirates. And since then until 1918, the Red Sox won worldwide cachet by winning four more World series before slipping into the 86 years-long drought that was to set to test the fate of the team from 1918 onwards to 2004.
Boston Red Sox had become an enduring brand even though it had been unable to win a World Series since 1918. Despite this, fans kept believing in them.
Boston Red Sox Curse
The Red Sox entered into a period of their longest dry spell in baseball history, named the “Curse of the Bambino” after its supposed commencement following a sale of a star player to the opponent New York Yankees two years after their big showdown in the world championship 1918. The curse has been believed to have scourged their fate for 86 long years.
While most fans took the curse in a tongue-in-cheek manner, according to others, the curse was as real as the sun and the moon. 1918 to 2004, there was no share of triumph in the world championship for the Red Sox.
The sale of the star player Babe Ruth who was also known as Bambino was believed to have hexed the Red Sox, and the adversity started after the Red Sox sold Babe ruth off in the off-season of 1919–1920. Before the curse set in, the Red Sox were one of the best proficient baseball franchises in the world, winning the main World Series and accumulating five World Series titles for themselves.
The Boston Red Sox curse eventually became an indispensable part of the city’s culture. An example of this was seen when a “reverse curve” road sign on Longfellow Bridge over Boston’s busy Storrow Drive was graffitied to read “Reverse The Curse.” The officials left it that way until actually the curse had been reversed in 2004, and then the street sign was altered to read “curse Reversed” in celebration.
Even though it was noticed for quite some time that the selling of Ruth had been the start of a decrease in the Red Sox’ fortunes, the expression “curse of the Bambino” was not in like manner use until the distribution of the book ‘The Curse of the Bambino’ by Dan Shaughnessy in 1990. From there on, it turned into a critical piece of Red Sox legend in the media, and Shaughnessy’s book ended up being pursued in some secondary school English classes in New England.
Although the title dry season dated back to 1918, the sale of Ruth to the Yankees was finished on January 3, 1920. In the urban myth, the curse lore spread after the Red Sox proprietor, and theatrical producer Harry Frazee utilized the returns from the deal to fund the production of a Broadway musical, said to be ‘No, No, Nanette.’ Truth be told, Frazee upheld numerous productions when Ruth’s deal, and ‘No, No, Nanette’ didn’t see its first performance until five years after the Ruth deal and two years after Frazee sold the Red Sox. In 1921, Red Sox manager Ed Barrow left to take over as general manager of the Yankees. Other Red Sox players were later sold or exchanged to the Yankees as well.
The Reverse of the Curse
Fortunately, fate did take a favorable turn for the team and reversed the curse of the Red Sox. They turned into the first team to win four World Series trophies in the 21st century, with titles in 2004, 2007, 2013, and 2018. In 2004, the Red Sox met the Yankees in the American League Championship Series. The Red Sox lost the first three games, including losing Game 3 at Fenway by the disproportionate score of 19–8.
The Red Sox trailed 4–3 in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 4. But the team tied the game and won on a two-run home run in the 12th inning by David Ortiz. The Red Sox won the following three games to turn into the first Major League Baseball crew to win a seven-game postseason series in the wake of being down three games to none.
The Red Sox then confronted the St. Louis Cardinals, the team to whom they had lost in 1946 and 1967, and led all through the series, winning in a four-game sweep. Cardinals shortstop Édgar Rentería, who wore a similar number as Ruth (3), hit the last out of the game.
The Boston Red Sox curse was thus reversed.