Saturday, September 5, 2009
Babe Ruth owns today. On this date in 1914, the Bambino threw a 9-0 shutout AND hit his first pro home run, playing for the AAA Providence Grays against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Lake Ontario's Toronto Islands. Four years later, Ruth was the winning pitcher in the first World Series game of 1918. Ruth's Boston Red Sox team beat the Chicago Cubs in a game played at Cominsky Park (due to Cominsky's larger seating capacity over Wrigley Field). The Red Sox went on to win the series from the Cubs, four games to two. This would be the last World Series victory for the Red Sox for 86 years until 2004 due to the Curse of the Bambino, attributed to the trade of the Babe in 1919 to the Yankees. And the Cubs? They have not won a World Series in over 100 years (the last was in 1908).