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.
The home ballpark for Red Sox has been Fenway Park since 1912. John I. Taylor named the team in 1908 following the lead of the previous teams known as Boston Red Stockings. He was the owner of the team. Boston Red Sox had become an enduring brand even though it had been unable to win a World Series since 1918, fans kept believing in them.
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 some fans, 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 curse eventually became an indispensable part of the Boston culture. An example of which was seen when a “reverse curve” road sign on Longfellow Bridge over the city’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.
In spite of the fact that it had for quite some time been noticed 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. It turned into a key piece of Red Sox legend in the media from there on, and Shaughnessy’s book ended up required perusing in some secondary school English classes in New England.
In spite of the fact that the title dry season dated back to 1918, the sale of Ruth to the Yankees was finished 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, usually 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
Fate did take a fortunate turn for 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 by and by met the Yankees in the American League Championship Series. The Red Sox lost the initial three games, including losing Game 3 at Fenway by the disproportionate score of 19–8. 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 curse was thus reversed.