Fred Hale, Sr. has seen many teams play in the “Fall Classic”. In fact, he’s seen all of them. Born just 52 years after the invention of the sport, Hale was 12 years old when the first World Series was played between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Boston Americans. The Americans, later to become the Red Sox, won that 1903 series, and would go on to win again in 1912, 1915, 1916, and 1918. Then, as we all know, Babe Ruth was traded to the Yankees, and the “Curse of the Bambino” ensued. The Red Sox haven’t won a World Series ever since.
Now the Sox have two more games to win before they can claim the win in the 2004 World Series. And Fred? With all of that history, he’s rooting for the Sox.
Come on Sox. Win it for Fred.
(Thanks to the Baseball Almanac for the info – you guys all know that I don’t know jack about this stuff on my own. 🙂 )