Babe Ruth, the greatest consensus baseball player of all time, negotiated from the Boston Red Sox to the New York Yankees competitors 100 years ago today, at that time, on December 26, 1919, for $ 25,000, inaugurating the curse. of the Bambino, famous especially for those living in the New England area.
It was rumored then that Red Sox owner Harry Fraze, who had ties to the musical theater, saw Ruth’s sale as a means of raising funds for his next big theatrical performance, No, No, Nannet, Failed, though it remains a brilliant, hilarious nugget in the story of the game’s biggest personality.
Ruth, then 24, had just come from a 1919 season in which she firmly established herself as a player of the year, hitting a record 29 home runs while also hitting .322 / .456 / .657, with one, due to lack of good long term, Ruthian 217 OPS +. Ruth also led baseball in total bases with 284, as well as a powerful 9.1 oWAR (offensive wins over replacement).
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Before becoming the biggest draw of the game known for his wealthy home, as opposed to his ugly physical stature, Baltimore was a pitching star for the Red Sox, hitting 2.19 ERA, 125 ERA +, 2.76 FIP, winning 89 games.
Ruth was also a central part of two Boston teams that won the World Series in 1916 and 1918, at the point where they played the longest complete game, 14 innings, in the 1916 series against the former Brooklyn Robins (now the Los Angeles Dodgers).
The point here is that Ruth could have landed in Cooperstown if she had stayed in rubber, but it was his aggressive ability that further elevated him to fabulous popularity.
Boston’s failures, as well as the Americans’ subsequent ascendancy in baseball after Ruth’s departure, are well documented, so their big reason would be similar to hitting a dead horse.
For the Yankees, a team with only three seconds to end in franchise history until 1919, Ruth’s arrival signaled the beginning of a bad empire. From 1920-34, in the fifteen seasons in which Root brought the pinstripes, the Americans won 7 American Championships and 4 World Series, finishing second in 5 of those seasons.
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Ruth will gather 142.4 warriors during her time in New York, most during this time. The runner-up during this time, Rogers Hornsby’s second fighter, reached 100.3 WAR, reflecting the distinct degree of separation. Simplified conclusion: there was Babe Ruth, and there were everyone else.
Retiring during the 1935 season, 40-year-old Ruth will end her illustrious career with a 714 all-time record (from Aaron, 1974; Bonds, 2006), .474 on Williams’ base percentage, 1960 ), 182.4 WAR, 0.690 rusty rate, 1.164 OPS and 206 OPS +, the last four still serving as MLB records.
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And despite the fact that Bambino’s former employer, the Boston Red Sox, broke the 86-year-old curse when they swept the St. Louis Cardinals in 2004 and the Colorado Rockies in 2007, along with additional WS wins in 2013 – again against him. St. Louis – and 2018 against the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1916, New England air, especially around the Yawkey Way during baseball season, whether it’s April or October, carries a shameful amalgam, disgust and confusion the most open trade in North American sports history.