The 8 Most Ridiculous Superstitions in Baseball
The Boston Red Sox, having ended an 86-year-old MLB championship drought in 2004, are now making a habit of winning. This past week, the Sox won their third World Series title over the last 10 years — and their eighth overall — beating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 in Game 6. They had also won titles in 2004 and 2007, the first of those instances finally ending the Curse of the Bambino for the team from Fenway Park.
Superstitions, myths, and crazy quirks are a hallmark of sport — not the least in baseball where there are innumerable stories of some unexplained, oft-repeated ritual or curses that apparently plague teams and players. We take a look at 8 of the most famous superstitions in the sport:
1. Curse of the Bambino
When Babe Ruth, or The Bambino, was traded to bitter rivals New York Yankees in January 1920, Sox fans started believing that their team, which had won five World Series titles until then, would never win again. The curse built infamy of its own when it looked like it was actually coming true, with Boston staying short year after year starting 1918. It also coincided with the surprising rise of the Yankees, leading to much trash talk by fans from New York for their Boston counterparts. The curse finally lifted in 2004 after 86 long years. Fittingly, the Yankees had a role to play: The Sox came back from a 0-3 deficit to beat their rivals in the American League Championship Series. They then beat the St. Louis Cardinals in a clean sweep in the World Series.