Red Sox Sag in 1920 as Ruth Soars in New York

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Red Sox owner Harry Frazee thought the team would benefit from the loss of Babe Ruth's "disruptive influence." It didn't exactly work out that way.

The New York Yankees' offense exploded in 1920 with the newly signed Ruth, whose 54 home runs shattered his own record by 25, while the Red Sox again struggled, finishing 25 1/2 games out of first place.

The highlight of the year at the ballpark was not a baseball game but a boxing match, as 5,000 fans turned out to watch Battling McCreary's 10-round decision over John Lester Johnson that turned into a wild brawl on the field.

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