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On this date in Yankees history: Red Sox sell Babe Ruth to the Yankees 100 years ago

On this date a century ago, Dec. 26, 1919, the Boston Red Sox sold Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees. The deal forever altered the shape of baseball.

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The legend goes, Red Sox owner Harry Frazee sold Ruth to finance his play, “No, No Nanette.” Paid in installments, the sum total sale of Ruth came out to $100,000 or about $1.6 million in today’s dollars.

What ensued was the “Curse of the Bambino,” which lasted 86-years.

An All-Star pitcher most of his tenure in Boston, Ruth produced prestigious power with New York.

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In 15 seasons with the Yankees, Ruth helped the club win four World Series crowns and seven pennants. The Babe swatted 659 home runs and led the junior circuit on 10 occasions with New York.

Ruth also posted a slash line of .349/.484/.711 and a 1.195 OPS with the Yankees. Plus, Ruth earned the 1923 MVP.

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Amassing nicknames like Babe, The Bambino, The Sultan Of Swat, Jidge, The Colossus of Clout or The King of Crash, Ruth changed the game on a grand scale. His No. 3 is retired in Monument Park and he was enshrined into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown in 1939.