January 5- The Red Sox officially sell Babe Ruth to the Yankees

Who would have guessed that a then small time transaction would go on to impact the balance of baseball for the next 86 years? Not the Yankees, and clearly not the Red Sox.

On this day in 1920, the Boston Red Sox officially sold Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees. Upon his arrival in New York, Ruth would complete his transformation from a pitcher to one of the greatest power hitters in the history of the game. As a member of the New York Yankees, The Babe would go on to rewrite the MLB record book and become one of the most popular athletes in North America.

On the flip side, the Red Sox endured one of the most frustrating runs in professional sports history. After selling Ruth, the Red Sox would come victim to the "Curse of the Bambino" which hung over the franchise for 86 years. While under the hex of this curse, the Red Sox did not win a championship from 1918-2004 and many believed it was the curse of trading away Babe Ruth that was the reason behind their constant failures.

In 2004, after completing an epic comeback against the New York Yankees, the Red Sox would go on to win their first championship in 86 years and would finally lift relieve themselves of "The Curse of the Bambino".


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