Maybe there was something to that Curse of the Bambino.

The Boston Red Sox hadn’t won the World Series since 1918. They sold star player Babe Ruth, also known as “The Bambino,” for $125,000 to the New York Yankees after the 1919 season.

After the sale, they didn’t win a world title for nearly a century. But the previously lowly Yankees became one of the best professional sports franchises in North America.

Boston finally ended the curse in 2004. The Red Sox rallied from a 0-3 deficit to beat the archrival Yankees in the best-of-seven American League Championship Series. They then swept the St. Louis Cardinals to win their first World Series in 86 years.

The Red Sox trailed the Yanks 4–3 in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 4. But they tied the game with a walk by Kevin Millar and a stolen base by pinch-runner Dave Roberts, followed by an RBI single against Yankee closer Mariano Rivera by third baseman Bill Mueller. Boston won on a two-run home run in the 12th inning by David Ortiz. The Red Sox won the next three games to become the first major league baseball team to win a seven-game postseason series after losing the first three games.

The Red Sox then faced the Cardinals, the team to whom they had lost in 1946 and 1967, and led throughout the series, winning in a four-game sweep. Cardinals shortstop Édgar Rentería, who wore the same number as Ruth (3), made the final out of the series, a ground ball back to the pitcher.

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