Monday, December 26, 2016

Ninety-Seven Years Ago Today 'The Curse' Began

On December 26, 1919—exactly 97 years ago today—Harry Frazee became the biggest villain in Boston baseball history. The Red Sox owner sold the rights to a young player who not only pitched brilliantly but had just set the single-season HR mark at 29 in 1919. He also knocked in 113 runs, while starting 15 games and delivering a 2.97 ERA in '19. Ah, what the heck, dump him to your biggest rival. So, George Herman 'Babe' Ruth was sold to the soon-to-be Evil Ones for a mere pittance ($100,000). Over the next 15 seasons, Ruth hit .349 with 659 HRs. Nice goin', Harry!