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This Day in Boston History

December 5th, 1919

Ruth traded for Nanette

On this day, Red Sox owner Harry Freeze sold the contract for Babe Ruth, who had lead his team to four consecutive world series, to the New York Yankees. Thus started the Curse of the Bambino, which apparently ended the Sox ability to win a World Series. Since then the Yankees have won over twenty.

All this was so Freeze could have cash to finance production of the Broadway musical, "No, no, Nanette!". Ironically, this very sale has become a musical its self, "The Curse of the Bambino." You can't make stuff like this up!

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England's Prime Minister never expected this tea tax to cause an outcry, let alone revolution. In 1767, England reduced its property taxes at home. To balance the national budget they needed to find a mechanism for the American colonies to pay for the expense of stationing officials in them. The officials would generate their own revenue by collecting taxes on all imported goods, and once paid affixing stamps on them. This Stamp Tax generated more in the way of protests and smuggling than added revenue.

Religion. Politics. Rebellion. Boston’s pedigree was forged back in England in the midst of religious dissension, where Puritans and Pilgrims sought religious reform, and Cavaliers and Roundheads vied for political power. The question isn't where did Boston get its name – but how.

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