Luckily, only one trade falls under the latter category, but ask any Red Sox fan out there and he or she will tell you just how gut-wrenching it was for those 86 cursed years.
The Curse of the Bambino was started when the Red Sox sold one of the game’s best players to the New York Yankees after the 1919 season for $125,000 and a $300,000 loan to Boston owner Harry Frazee. It was the beginning of a long stretch of misery for the Red Sox, who won their fifth World Series in 1918 but didn’t win another championship until 2004, nearly 90 years later.
The Yankees, meanwhile, have captured a major league-high 27 World Series titles, and this player went on to smash his own home run record in 1920 when he hit 54 home runs. He then connected for 59 homers in 1921 and was able to increase Yankee revenues so much that the club was finally able to leave the Polo Grounds (shared at the time with the New York Giants baseball team) and build Yankee Stadium, which opened in 1923 and became known as “The House That [He] Built.”
Who is this player?