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Before Bambino, A Different Red Sox Curse11:35
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In July, so many Red Sox players are hobbling around the disabled list that to die-hard fans, it must be feeling as if the team is a little cursed. Not that the Sox aren't familiar with curses. One of them goes back almost a century. That old time hex is, of course, the Curse of the Bambino. As Fenway lore and sporting superstition have it, the Red Sox were doomed never to win a World Series after trading away Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees in 1920.

Whether you're a believer or not, the Sox didn't win a World Series for more than 80 years.

But for those who take a more forensic approach to baseball, if you look back far enough into the team's history, you see a pattern of tirades, troubles, religious tensions and racial divisions that haunted the Sox well before the Babe made his exit from the Fenway.

Guest:

  • Thomas Whalen, associate professor of social science at Boston University, and author of the forthcoming, "Before the Curse: Smokey Joe, The Babe, The Evil Genie, and the Boston Red Sox Dynasty of 1912-1918."

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This program aired on July 7, 2010.

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