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Encyclopedia > Curse of the Bambino
Babe Ruth — "The Bambino"

The Curse of the Bambino (1918-2004) was a superstition cited, often jokingly, as a reason for the failure of the Boston Red Sox baseball team to win the World Series in the 86 year period from 1918 until 2004. Prior to 1919, the Boston Red Sox were one of the most successful professional baseball franchises, winning the first ever World Series in 1903, and amassing five World Series titles by 1918. The curse was said to have begun after the Red Sox sold Babe Ruth, sometimes called The Bambino, to the New York Yankees at the end of the 1919 season. The flip side of the curse was New York's success—after the sale, the once-lackluster Yankees became one of the most successful franchises in North American professional sports, winning 26 World Series championships from 1923 to 2000. While some fans took the Curse seriously, most used the expression in a tongue-in-cheek manner. File links The following pages link to this file: Babe Ruth New York Yankees Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/April Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/All Categories: Images with unknown source ... File links The following pages link to this file: Babe Ruth New York Yankees Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/April Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/All Categories: Images with unknown source ... This article is about the pitcher and outfielder. ... For other uses, see Superstition (disambiguation). ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 27, 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1908–present) Boston Americans (1901-1907) Other nicknames The BoSox, The Olde Towne Team, The Sox Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds... This article is about the sport. ... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 27, 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1908–present) Boston Americans (1901-1907) Other nicknames The BoSox, The Olde Towne Team, The Sox Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ... This article is about the pitcher and outfielder. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as... North America North America is a continent[1] in the Earths northern hemisphere and (chiefly) western hemisphere. ...


Talk of the curse as an ongoing phenomenon ended in 2004, at the 100th World Series, when the Red Sox came back from an 0-3 best-of-seven deficit to beat the Yankees in the 2004 American League Championship Series and then went on to sweep the St. Louis Cardinals to win the World Series. For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ... The 2004 American League Championship Series was a Major League Baseball playoff series played between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. ... Major league affiliations National League (1892–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 6, 9, 14, 17, 20, 42, 42, 45, 85 Name St. ... Dates October 23, 2004–October 27, 2004 MVP Manny Ramírez (Boston) Television network Fox Announcers Joe Buck and Tim McCarver Umpires Ed Montague (Crew Chief), Dale Scott, Brian Gorman, Chuck Meriwether, Gerry Davis, Charlie Reliford The 2004 World Series represented the 100th time two modern Major League Baseball teams...


It was such a part of Boston culture that when a road sign on the city's much-used Storrow Drive was vandalized from "Reverse Curve" to "Reverse The Curse", officials left it in place until after the Red Sox won the Series. James Jackson Storrow Memorial Drive (usually referred to as Storrow Drive) is a parkway in the city of Boston, Massachusetts. ...

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History of the phrase

The phrase itself first gained wide currency in 1990, when Boston Globe writer Dan Shaughnessy used it as the title of his team history (ISBN 0-14-015262-8). The book brought it to national attention and triggered widespread usage by the national media, although it was not when the phrase originated. Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... The Boston Globe is the most widely-circulated daily newspaper in Boston, Massachusetts and in the greater New England region. ... Dan Shaughnessy is a sports columnist and reporter for The Boston Globe. ...


After the Red Sox collapsed against the New York Mets in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, New York Times sportswriter George Vecsey wrote an article connecting the errors that cost the Sox the game, the team's history of disappointments, and the sale of Babe Ruth. After the Sox also lost Game 7, and thus the series, Vecsey wrote another article expanding on the theme, headlined "Babe Ruth's Curse Strikes Again". These articles appear to be the first explicit mentions in print of a Babe Ruth curse.[1] Major league affiliations National League (1962–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 14, 37, 41, 42 Name New York Mets (1962–present) Other nicknames The Amazin Mets, The Amazins, The Metropolitans, The Kings of Queens Ballpark Shea Stadium (1964–present) Polo Grounds (1962–1963) Major league... Dates October 18, 1986–October 25, 1986 MVP Ray Knight (New York) Television network NBC Announcers Vin Scully, Joe Garagiola Umpires John Kibler (NL), Jim Evans (AL), Harry Wendelstedt (NL), Joe Brinkman (AL), Ed Montague (NL), Dale Ford (AL) The 1986 World Series, the 83rd playing of the modern championship... The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ... George Vecsey is a non-fiction author and sports columnist for the New York Times. ...


Vecsey might have picked up the idea of the curse from other columns that had appeared in the leadup to the Series. Before that year's AL playoffs, an article by UPI sports writer Frederick Waterman said in its lead that when the Sox traded Babe Ruth to the Yankees "he carried away with him the good luck and winning touch of the Red Sox." The rumor that Ruth had been sold to finance a Broadway musical was also being discussed at the time, including in an article by Times writer Fox Butterfield a week before the Red Sox collapse. Front of UPI Headquarters, Washington, D.C. United Press International (UPI) is a global news agency headquartered in the United States filing news in English, Spanish and Arabic. ...


The lore

Although the title drought dates back to 1918, the sale of Ruth to the Yankees was completed January 3, 1920. In standard curse lore, Red Sox owner and theatrical producer Harry Frazee used the proceeds from the sale to finance the production of a Broadway musical, usually specified as No, No, Nanette. In fact, Frazee backed many productions before and after Ruth's sale, and No, No, Nanette did not see its first performance until five years after the Ruth sale and two years after Frazee sold the Red Sox. In 1921, Red Sox manager Ed Barrow left to take over as GM of the Yankees. Other Red Sox players were later sold or traded to the Yankees as well. The following are the baseball events of the year 1918 throughout the world. ... is the 3rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1920 throughout the world. ... Harry H. Frazee (1881 - June 4, 1929) was the baseball team owner who sold Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees. ... No, No, Nanette is an English musical comedy with lyrics by Irving Caesar and Otto Harbach, music by Vincent Youmans, and a book by Otto Harbach and Frank Mandel. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1921 throughout the world. ... Edward Grant Barrow (May 10, 1868 - December 15, 1953) was an American manager and executive in Major League Baseball who guided the Boston Red Sox to the 1918 World Series title, then built the New York Yankees into baseballs premier franchise and greatest dynasty as their top executive from...


Prior to Ruth leaving Boston, the Red Sox had won five of the first fifteen World Series, with Ruth pitching for the 1916 and 1918 championship teams. (He was with the Sox in the Series in 1915 but the manager used him only once, as a pinch-hitter; he did not pitch in that Series.) The Yankees did not play in any World Series up to that time. In the ensuing 84 years after the sale, the Yankees played in 39 World Series, winning 26 of them, twice as many as any other team in Major League Baseball. Meanwhile, over the same time span, the Red Sox played in only four World Series and lost each in seven games. Boston redirects here. ... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1916 throughout the world. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1918 throughout the world. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1915 throughout the world. ...

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"Cursed" results

As time passed, even losses that occurred many years prior to the first mention of a curse in 1986, began being attributed to it. Some of these instances include:

  • In 1946, the Red Sox appeared in their first World Series since the sale of Babe Ruth. They were favored to beat the St. Louis Cardinals. The series went to a seventh game at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis. In the bottom of the eighth inning, with the score tied at 3-3, the Cardinals had Enos Slaughter on first base and Harry Walker at the plate. On a hit and run, Walker hit a double to very short left center. Slaughter ran through the third base coach's stop sign and beat Boston shortstop Johnny Pesky's relay throw to home plate. Some say Pesky hesitated on the relay throw, allowing Slaughter to score, but Pesky has always denied this charge, and film footage is inconclusive. In the top of the ninth, the Red Sox put the tying run on third and the go-ahead on first with one out, but Harry Brecheen shut down the next two hitters to preserve the victory.
  • In 1948, the Red Sox finished the regular season tied for first place, only to lose the pennant to the Cleveland Indians in the major leagues' first ever one-game playoff.
  • In 1949, the Red Sox needed to win just one of the last two games of the season to win the pennant, but lost both games to the Yankees. The Red Sox were managed by Joe McCarthy, who had previously steered the Yankees to seven World Series titles.
  • In 1967, the Red Sox reversed the awful results of the 1966 season and surprised many people by winning the American League pennant, in one of the tightest races in history, on the last weekend of the season. In the World Series, they faced off against the St. Louis Cardinals, who had defeated them in the 1946 Fall Classic. The two teams fought to a seventh game that pitted the Cardinals' best pitcher, Bob Gibson, against Boston's ace, Jim Lonborg. However, Gibson started the game on three days' rest, while Lonborg was starting on only two. The Cardinals defeated the Red Sox 7-2, with Gibson helping out his own cause by hitting a home run off his counterpart, Lonborg.
  • In 1972, the Red Sox lost the division title to the Detroit Tigers by a half-game. The season began with a 13 day strike that resulted in some teams playing up to nine fewer games that season. Additionally the Red Sox lost a game when it was rained out and the decision was made not to replay it. In the second-to-last game of the season, they lost to the Tigers, 3-1, after a potential run was lost when Luis Aparicio slipped rounding third. With the win, the Tigers claimed the division.
  • In 1975, the Red Sox won the pennant and met the Cincinnati Reds in the World Series. The Red Sox had miraculously won Game 6 on a famous walk-off home run by catcher Carlton Fisk, setting the stage for the deciding Game 7. Boston took a quick 3-0 lead, but the Reds slowly fought back to tie the game. In the top of the ninth, the Reds brought in the go-ahead run on a Joe Morgan single that scored Ken Griffey, Sr. Boston was not able to answer, and the Reds won what is regarded as one of the greatest World Series ever played.
  • In 1978, the Red Sox held a 14-game lead in the American League East over the Yankees on July 18. However on September 10th, after the Yankees completed a 4-game sweep of Boston and the Yankees actually held the lead. On September 16, 1978 the Yankees held a 3.5 game lead over the Red Sox but the Sox won 12 of their next 14 games to overcome that deficit. The Yankees actually had a chance to clinch the division on the season's last day; however, Boston defeated Toronto and New York lost to Cleveland, forcing a one-game playoff on October 2nd at Fenway Park. The memorable moment of the game came when Bucky Dent hit a home run in the 7th inning that hit the top of the left field wall Green Monster and skipped over and out of the park, which gave New York a 3-2 lead. Thurman Munson's sacrifice fly later in the inning, and the 8th inning solo home run by Reggie Jackson would give New York a 5-2 lead. After scoring 2 runs in the 8th to make the score 5-4, in the 9th inning, the Red Sox had the tying run on 2nd and the winning run on 1st with 1 out. However, Jim Rice flied out, advancing Rick Burleson to 3rd, and Carl Yastrzemski popped out to Graig Nettles, ending the game.
  • In Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, Boston took a 5-3 lead in the top of the 10th and quickly retired the first two batters, putting them within one out of winning the World Series. However, the New York Mets were able to tie the game, then won it in the bottom of the 10th when Boston first baseman Bill Buckner committed a fielding error on a ground ball hit by the Mets' Mookie Wilson, scoring Ray Knight from second base. (Both Buckner and Wilson would say later that, even if Buckner had fielded the ball cleanly, because of Buckner's mobility limitations he likely would not have beaten the speedy Wilson to the bag.) In the deciding seventh game, the Red Sox took an early 3-0 lead, only to ultimately lose 8-5. The collapses in the last two games prompted Vecsey's articles.
  • In 1988 and 1990, the Red Sox advanced to the American League Championship Series, only to suffer four-game sweeps both times at the hands of the Oakland Athletics. They were also swept by the Cleveland Indians in the 1995 and 1998 AL Division Series, and were defeated by the Yankees four games to one in the 1999 ALCS.
  • In 2003, the Red Sox were tied with the Yankees at three games apiece in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series. Boston held a 5-2 lead going into the eighth inning, but manager Grady Little opted to stay with Pedro Martinez rather than go to the bullpen. After a quick out, Jorge Posada's double (the 3rd of the inning) capped a three-run rally that tied the game at 5. The score would stay tied through the bottom of the 11th, when Aaron Boone, leading off the inning, hit Tim Wakefield's first pitch for a home run to give the Yankees a 6-5 win. Little's managerial error also cost him his job, as his contract was not renewed.

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A hit and run is a play in baseball where the baserunners are put in motion before the ball is hit and the batter attempts to make contact with the pitch. ... John Michael Pesky (born John Michael Paveskovich, September 27, 1919 in Portland, Oregon), nicknamed The Needle, is a former Major League Baseball shortstop/third baseman who played in the American League from 1942 to 1954. ... Harry David Brecheen (October 14, 1914 - January 17, 2004) was a pitcher in Major League Baseball who won three games in the 1946 World Series for the St. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1948 throughout the world. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 27, 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1908–present) Boston Americans (1901-1907) Other nicknames The BoSox, The Olde Towne Team, The Sox Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds... 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The following are the events of the year 1972 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 27, 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1908–present) Boston Americans (1901-1907) Other nicknames The BoSox, The Olde Towne Team, The Sox Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January-June January 23 - Ralph Kiner is elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ... Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 5, 8, 10, 13, 18, 20, 24, 42 Name Cincinnati Reds (1958–present) Cincinnati Redlegs (1953-1958) Cincinnati Reds (1882-1953) Cincinnati Red Stockings (1876-1882) Other nicknames The Redlegs, The Big Red Machine... The 1975 World Series was between the Boston Red Sox and Cincinnati Reds. ... In baseball, a walk-off home run is a home run which ends the game. ... Carlton Ernest Fisk (born December 26, 1947 in Bellows Falls, Vermont) is a former Major League Baseball catcher who played for 24 years with the Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox. ... This article is about the former Major League Baseball player. ... George Kenneth Griffey (born April 10, 1950 in Donora, Pennsylvania) is an American former Major League Baseball star. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1978 throughout the world. ... The American League East Division is one of Major League Baseballs six divisions. ... is the 199th day of the year (200th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Fenway redirects here. ... Bucky Dent (born November 25, 1951), born Russell Earl ODey, is an American former Major League Baseball player and manager. ... This article is about the left-field wall at Fenway Park. ... Thurman Lee Munson (June 7, 1947 – August 2, 1979) was an American catcher in Major League Baseball who played with the New York Yankees from 1969 to 1979. ... Reginald Martinez Reggie Jackson (born May 18, 1946), nicknamed Mr. ... James Edward Jim Rice (born March 8, 1953, in Anderson, South Carolina) is a former baseball player who was with the American Leagues Boston, Red Sox from 1974 to 1989. ... Richard Paul Burleson (born April 29, 1951 in Lynwood, California), nicknamed Rooster, is a former shortstop in Major League Baseball. ... Carl Yastrzemskis number 8 was retired by the Boston Red Sox in 1989 Carl Michael Yaz Yastrzemski (pronounced ), i. ... Graig Nettles (born August 20, 1944, in San Diego, California) (nicknamed Puff) is a former Major League Baseball third baseman and left-handed batter who played for the Minnesota Twins (1967-69), Cleveland Indians (1970-72), New York Yankees (1973-83), San Diego Padres (1984-86), Atlanta Braves (1987) and... Dates October 18, 1986–October 25, 1986 MVP Ray Knight (New York) Television network NBC Announcers Vin Scully, Joe Garagiola Umpires John Kibler (NL), Jim Evans (AL), Harry Wendelstedt (NL), Joe Brinkman (AL), Ed Montague (NL), Dale Ford (AL) The 1986 World Series, the 83rd playing of the modern championship... Major league affiliations National League (1962–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 14, 37, 41, 42 Name New York Mets (1962–present) Other nicknames The Amazin Mets, The Amazins, The Metropolitans, The Kings of Queens Ballpark Shea Stadium (1964–present) Polo Grounds (1962–1963) Major league... William Joseph Bill Buckner (born December 14, 1949 in Vallejo, California, United States) is a former Major League Baseball player for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, California Angels and Kansas City Royals. ... In baseball, an error is the act, in the judgment of the official scorer, of a fielder misplaying a ball in a manner that allows a batter or baserunner to reach one or more additional bases, when such an advance should have been prevented given ordinary effort by the fielder. ... Bill Buckners error in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. ... Ray Knight (born December 28, 1952 in Albany, Georgia) is a former right-handed Major League Baseball player in the 1970s and 80s. ... The 1988 American League Championship Series was a best-of-seven series that pitted the Eastern Division Champion Boston Red Sox against the Western Division Champion Oakland Athletics. ... The 1990 American League Championship Series was a best-of-seven series that matched the Eastern Division Champion Boston Red Sox against the Western Division Champion Oakland Athletics. ... The 1995 American League Division Series (ALDS), the opening round of the 1995 American League playoffs, began on Tuesday, October 3, and ended on Sunday, October 8, with the champions of the three AL divisions – along with a wild card team – participating in two best-of-five series. ... // New York Yankees vs. ... The 1999 American League Championship Series was a matchup between the Eastern Division Champion New York Yankees (98-64) and the Wild Card Boston Red Sox (94-68). ... The following are the events of the year 2003 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... The 2003 American League Championship Series was played between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees from October 8 to October 16, 2003. ... William Grady Little (born March 30, 1950 in Abilene, Texas) is a manager in Major League Baseball. ... Pedro Martinez warming up in right field of Fenway Park before a game, June 22, 2004. ... Aaron John Boone (born March 9, 1973 in La Mesa, California) is a major league third baseman who plays for the Florida Marlins. ... Timothy Stephen Wakefield (born August 2, 1966 in Melbourne, Florida) is a right-handed knuckleball pitcher in Major League Baseball who has played with the Boston Red Sox since 1995. ...

Attempts to break the curse

Red Sox fans attempted various methods over the years to exorcise their famous curse. These included placing a Boston cap atop Mt. Everest and burning a Yankees cap at its base camp; hiring professional exorcists and Father Guido Sarducci to "purify" Fenway Park; spray painting a "Reverse Curve" street sign on Storrow Drive to change it to say "Reverse the Curse" (the sign wasn't replaced until just after the 2004 World Series win); and finding a piano owned by Ruth that he had supposedly pushed into a pond near his Sudbury, Massachusetts farm: Home Plate Farm. This article is about the Alpine mountain. ... Don Novello as Fr. ... James Jackson Storrow Memorial Drive (usually referred to as Storrow Drive) is a parkway in the city of Boston, Massachusetts. ... Sudbury is a town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. ... Home Plate Farm is located on 558 Dutton Road in Sudbury, Massachusetts. ...


Some declared the curse broken when, on August 31, 2004 a foul ball hit by Manny Ramirez flew into Section 9, Box 95, Row AA and struck a boy's face, knocking two of his teeth out.[2] The boy (16-year-old Lee Gavin, a Boston fan whose favorite player was and remains Ramirez) lives on the Sudbury farm owned by Ruth. That same day, the Yankees suffered their worst loss in team history, a 22-0 clobbering at home against the Cleveland Indians. Some fans also cite a comedy curse-breaking ceremony performed by musician Jimmy Buffett and his warm-up team (one dressed as Ruth and one dressed as a witch doctor) at a Fenway concert in September 2004. Just after being traded to the Red Sox, Curt Schilling appeared in an advertisement for the Ford F-150 pickup truck hitchhiking with a sign indicating he was going to Boston. When picked up, he said that he had a curse to break. is the 243rd day of the year (244th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Manuel Arístides (Manny) Ramírez Onelcida [ra-MEE-res] (born May 30, 1972) is an outfielder in Major League Baseball who has played for the Boston Red Sox since 2001. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 5, 14, 18, 19, 21, 42, 455 Name Cleveland Indians (1915–present) Cleveland Naps (1905-1914) Cleveland Bronchos (1902-1904) Cleveland Blues (1901) Other nicknames The Tribe, The Wahoos Ballpark Jacobs Field (1994–present... Jimmy Buffett (born James William Buffett on December 25, 1946, in Pascagoula, Mississippi) is a singer, songwriter, author, businessman, and recently a film producer best known for his island escapism lifestyle and music including hits such as Margaritaville (No. ... A witch doctor (in southern Africa known as a Sangoma) often refers to exotic healers that believe that maladies are caused by magic and are therefore best cured by it, as opposed to science or developed medicine. ... Curtis Montague (Curt) Schilling (born November 14, 1966 in Anchorage, Alaska) is an American Major League Baseball right-handed starting pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. ... The F-Series is a series of full-size pickup trucks from Ford Motor Company sold for over 5 decades. ... For other uses, see Hitch hike. ...


Curse Reversed

A 2004 Boston Red Sox World Series Ring. Ring courtesy of Red Sox Vice-Chairman Les Otten

In 2004, the Red Sox met the Yankees in the American League Championship Series. After losing the first three games, including a 19–8 drubbing at Fenway in Game 3, the Red Sox trailed 4-3 in the bottom of the 9th inning of Game 4. But the team tied the game with a walk by Kevin Millar and a stolen base by pinch-runner Dave Roberts, followed by an RBI single off Yankee closer Mariano Rivera by third baseman Bill Mueller, and won on a 2-run home run in the 12th inning by David Ortiz. The Red Sox would go on to win the next three games to become the first Major League Baseball team to win a seven-game postseason series after being down 3 games to none. Image File history File linksMetadata WorldSeriesRing. ... Image File history File linksMetadata WorldSeriesRing. ... Les Otten is currently Vice-Chairman and Partner of the Boston Red Sox Organization, but he is probably best known for his career in the skiing industry. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2004 throughout the world. ... The 2004 American League Championship Series was a Major League Baseball playoff series played between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. ... Fenway redirects here. ... Dave Roberts, born David Ray Roberts (May 31, 1972 in Okinawa, Japan), is a Major League Baseball center fielder who plays for the San Diego Padres. ... Mariano Rivera is the closing pitcher for the New York Yankees. ... Mariano Rivera (born November 29, 1969 in Panama City, Panama) is a Panamanian baseball player. ... The position of the third baseman “Third base” redirects here. ... William Richard Mueller [MILL-er] (born March 17, 1971) is a former Major League Baseball third baseman who currently serves as the hitting coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers. ... This article is about the baseball concept. ... David Ortiz (IPA , or roughly or-TEES, according to Latin American pronunciation) (born November 18, 1975 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, as David Américo Ortiz Arias), is a Major League Baseball designated hitter who plays for the Boston Red Sox (since 2003). ...


The Red Sox then faced the St. Louis Cardinals, the team to whom they lost the 1946 and 1967 World Series, and won in a four-game sweep. Cardinals shortstop Edgar Rentería—who wore number 3, Babe Ruth's uniform number with the Yankees—hit into the final out of the game. The final game took place on October 27 during a total lunar eclipse—the only post-season or World Series game to do so. The 1946 World Series of Major League Baseball was played in October, 1946 between the St. ... The 1967 World Series matched the St. ... Edgar Enrique Rentería (pronounced as IPA: ) (born August 7, 1975 in Barranquilla, Colombia) is a shortstop in Major League Baseball who plays for the Atlanta Braves (as of 2006). ... is the 300th day of the year (301st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Time lapse movie of the 3 March 2007 lunar eclipse A lunar eclipse occurs whenever the Moon passes through some portion of the Earths shadow. ...


The Red Sox won the first World Series ever in 1903 over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Boston's victory in the 2004 World Series was the 100th World Series in the modern baseball era (there was no World Series in 1904 due to the 1904 boycott, as well as no World Series in 1994 due to a strike). For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ... This article is about the baseball team. ...


Since the Red Sox won in 2004, the Yankees have failed to make the World Series, while the Sox have gone on to win once again in 2007. Some believe the Curse was transfered to the Yankees when it was decided to tear down Yankee Stadium, "The House that Ruth Built." The Yankees officially announced the New Yankee Stadium in June 2005. This is about the stadium the New York Yankees currently play in. ... New Yankee Stadium is the working title for a new stadium for the New York Yankees, currently under construction. ...


The Curse in popular culture

  • At Wrestlemania XIV, guest ring announcer, Pete Rose, taunted the Boston crowd about the curse.
  • In an episode of Cheers, during the first season, a loudmouth patron taunts Sam (an ex-Red Sox player himself) about the Curse. The loudmouth wears a Yankee baseball cap and taunts the patrons about how the Yankees have won 22 World Series (by that time) and the Red Sox, since 1918, have not won any. He gets his comeuppance at the end, when he switches to hockey, insulting the Boston Bruins without realizing that one Bruins player is present, listening to his tirade.
  • In the movie 50 First Dates, Adam Sandler reminds his girlfriend about what happened in 2003 including a screencap showing the Red Sox winning the World Series, until the next clip shows the title 'just kidding'.
  • After New York's defeat, the Curse was poked fun at during the "Weekend Update" segment of Saturday Night Live. In the sketch, the ghost of Babe Ruth (played by Horatio Sanz) appears and explains to Tina Fey and Amy Poehler that he left during Game Four with the ghosts of Mickey Mantle and Rodney Dangerfield to go drinking. Babe says that he drank a few beers, along with gasoline and horse tranquilizers, causing him to pass out for the next four days. A week later, after the Red Sox 2004 victory, there was another Weekend Update skit about Red Sox fan and castmember Seth Meyers, who hazed both Tina Fey and Amy Poehler due to their superstitions. After an exchange of quarrels between them, he ended up hanging around with Johnny Damon and the rest of the Red Sox players.
  • The Ben Harper song "Get It Like you Like It" includes the lines "But Johnny Damon swung his bat. Grand Slam. That was that. An 86 year curse is gone."
  • On the television show Lost, Jack and his father often use the phrase "That's why the Sox will never win the damn series" to describe fate. In season 3, Ben shows the end of the game to convince Jack that the Others have contact with the outside world.
  • In comedian Stephen Lynch's song "Beelz", he ("Satan") sings "I’m in every Zeppelin album / I’m in all Rush Limbaugh’s rants / I’m the reason that the Boston Red Sox even had a chance"
  • The British novel Fever Pitch, about a man's obsession with the Arsenal FC British soccer team, was adapted into an American film of the same name by the Farrelly brothers. The American adaptation was about an obsessive Red Sox fan, and contains many references to the curse. The film was made during the 2004 World Series, which necessitated the filmmakers' reworking of the film's story; the Red Sox were originally supposed to make the World Series and lose, but with the current events, the World Series victory was written in. The film's stars, Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore, were filmed running onto the field as the Red Sox celebrated their World Series win.
  • An episode of the children's TV series Arthur titled "The Curse of the Grebes" has Elwood City's baseball team losing its first two of three chances to win the world championship due to events based directly on Bucky Dent's homer and Bill Buckner's error. The episode states that the team hadn't won a championship since 1918 and that their opponent had won 25 since then. Johnny Damon, Edgar Renteria, and Mike Timlin all have cameos, playing members of the Grebes resembling themselves.

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See also

  • Sports-related curses

A sports-related curse is the effective action of some power or evil, that is used to explain the failures or misfortunes of specific sports teams, players, or even cities. ...

Baseball Curses

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Notes

  1. ^ Stout, Glenn. "A 'Curse' born of hate", ESPN.com, October 3, 2004. Retrieved on 2007-02-07. 
  2. ^ Brian McGrory, "Taking teeth out of curse? Teen hit by Ramirez foul ball lives in Babe Ruth's former house", Boston Globe, September 2, 2004

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External links

  • ESPN account of Ruth's sale to the Yankees.
  • A "Curse" Born of Hate, a skeptical history of the curse lore, written by Glenn Stout during the 2004 playoffs.
  • Boston Globe article "Taking teeth out of curse?"
  • Audio of 1978 Bucky Dent homer
  • Cartoon regarding 2004 Yankee loss to the Red Sox
  • Cartoon regarding 1978 Bucky Dent homer
  • Talks about reversing the curse of the Bambino
  • The Curse of the Bambino: an HBO documentary (2003)
  • The Curse of the Bambino: A musical by Steven Bergman and David Kruh (2001)

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New York Yankees : Bambino's curse (597 words)
The Curse of the Bambino was an explanation for the failure of the Boston Red Sox baseball team to win the World Series for 86 years after they sold Babe Ruth, sometimes called The Bambino, to the New York Yankees.
The flip side of Boston's "curse" was New York's success—after the sale, the once-lackluster Yankees became one of the most successful franchises in North American professional sports.
The phrase ("Curse of the Bambino") already had a long history when in 1990 Boston Globe writer Dan Shaughnessy used it as the title of his team history.
Curse of the Bambino - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2426 words)
The Curse of the Bambino was an urban myth or scapegoat cited as a reason for the failure of the Boston Red Sox baseball team to win the World Series after they sold Babe Ruth, sometimes called The Bambino, to the New York Yankees.
All curse related materials, including the Curse of the Bambino musical and the HBO documentary, had to rename the title with the words 'legend' or 'reverse'.
A "Curse" Born of Hate, a skeptical history of the curse lore, written by Glenn Stout during the 2004 playoffs.
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