The Boston Red Sox And Their Near 100-Year Wait For Success

The Boston Red Sox And Their Near 100-Year Wait For Success

One of the best things about following a sports team is knowing there is always another day if you lose. Even if your team has a terrible season, hope and optimism grows that next year things will be better. When the Boston Red Sox won the World Series in 1918, few would have predicted their struggles for decades afterward. This is the story of the Boston Red Sox, their fall from grace, and how they clawed their way back to the top.

Where it all started

1918 was a defining year in history. It marked the end of the First World War and the beginning of almost 100 miserable years for Red Sox fans. Boston had just won the World Series with the legendary Babe Ruth on the roster. Ruth helped the Red Sox win three World Series in four seasons, but in 1920 the unthinkable happened, he left. This marked the beginning of their downfall.

Curse of the Bambino

The Red Sox were the best team in America, they had won five of the first 15 World Series and were setting up a dynasty. Ruth left them for their big rivals the Yankees, and it started what became known as the “Curse of the Bambino.” Before Ruth switched allegiances, the Yankees had never won the World Series, but that was all about to change.

The Yankees went on to become the most successful Baseball franchise ever, while the Red Sox were stuck living in the past. In the 84 years following Ruth’s sale, the Yankees won 26 World Series, playing in 39, while Boston only played in four, and lost every one.

Close calls

The Red Sox came close to ending their World Series hoodoo on several occasions, but each time the ‘curse’ seemed to rear its head. It wasn’t until 1946 that the Red Sox appeared in their first World Series after selling Ruth. They were the favorites to beat the Cardinals that year but managed to lose in the final game of the series.

In 1967 the Red Sox reached their next World Series, only to face the Cardinals yet again. History repeated itself, and Boston lost the deciding game to lose the series 4-3. By this stage, Boston fans truly believed in the curse. The Red Sox made the World Series in 1975 and 1986, but once again came up short.

Finally winning one

Finally, the Red Sox made it to the World Series in 2004 with determination to break the curse once and for all. The Red Sox played the Cardinals in the World Series, sweeping to win 4-0 to put the curse behind them. Since then, the Red Sox have won another three World Series, proving that the Curse of the Bambino has lifted.

Boston having so much trouble getting over the line is one of the most amazing collapses of a franchise in sports history. Eventually, they were able to climb back to the top of the ladder to forget all about selling Babe Ruth and the trouble it brought.