The Curse of the Bambino didn’t end with the miracle comeback against the Yankees in the 2004 American League Championship Series, as cathartic as that was for Red Sox Nation.
“We still have another hill to climb,” reminded club president Larry Lucchino.
Not since 1918, when the War to End All Wars still was slogging on, had Boston won the World Series, and it was fitting that the ball club standing in the way that year had caused autumnal dyspepsia for two generations of Sox fans.
Now, as the worst-to-first Town Team bids for its third crown in 10 years, the Cardinals again are their fine-feathered foes, starting Wednesday night at Fenway Park.
In 1946, Boston had been up, three games to two, going back to St. Louis and had ace Boo Ferris on the mound for the finale. But Johnny Pesky did or did not hold the ball while Enos Slaughter scored from first on an outfield looper, and Ted Williams, who hit .200 for the Series, sobbed in the shower.
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