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December 26, a date to remember

Dec 26, 2009, 3:32 PM EST

ruth.JPGAs MLB.com’s Mark Newman points out, today — Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009 — marks the 90th anniversary of the Red Sox selling Babe Ruth to the Yankees. 

The infamous deal lost some of its luster once the Red Sox snapped the supposed “curse” it brought upon the franchise with their sweep of the Cardinals in the 2004 World Series, but it’s an important day in baseball history nonetheless.  In fact, as Newman points out, it’s an important day in world history:

The Ruth sale happened on Dec. 26, 1919.

The FM radio was patented on Dec. 26, 1933.

The United Soviet Socialist Republic was formally
dissolved on Dec. 26, 1991.

Two disasters have occurred on Dec. 26: the Indian Ocean
tsunami in 2004 and a Taiwan earthquake in 2006.

Mao Zedong was born on Dec. 26, 1893.

The Pilgrims landed at what became New Plymouth on Dec. 26, 1690,

And on Dec. 26, 1776, the British lost the Battle of Trenton after General George Washington led his troops across the Delaware River.

Cursed or not, it’s a day of much importance.  And to us baseball fans, it doesn’t get much more important than the Big Bambino.  The “Sultan of Swat” had a .342/.474/.690 career batting line over 22 professional seasons.  He hit 714 home runs and tallied 2217 runs batted in.  We celebrate a lot this time of year — the holidays, a new year, good food — and yet it always seems relevant to celebrate the game’s ultimate icon.

  1. 2cents - Dec 26, 2009 at 5:17 PM

    As a journalist you should know that the correct spelling is Mao-Tse-Tung. It’s been changed for the non-knowers to fit the pronunciation.

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  3. NYTimes - Dec 26, 2009 at 8:40 PM

    the NY Times is looking for help to identify this newly discovered Babe Ruth video. check out the video here http://bit.ly/babyruth
    and haha yes, it is Mao Tse-Tung….whoever wrote this article with “Mao Zedong” must be an old-timer.

  4. Chris Simonds - Dec 27, 2009 at 7:36 AM

    1690 was when Plymouth colony formally ceased to exist and became annexed to the Massachusetts Bay Colony. (Procedures stretched into 1691). The Pilgrims landed in 1620. So it’s not just modern history where you need to brush up a little.

  5. D-Luxxx - Dec 27, 2009 at 11:52 AM

    Uuuhhh. He’s a blogger, not a journalist. I’m guessing that they probably don’t even have an editor, and if they did, he’s taking a long weekend. If you want “news” then go read a newspaper.

  6. Largebill - Dec 27, 2009 at 9:13 PM

    Funny that I would stumble across this post tonight. A couple hours ago at supper a friend was discussing how busy this month has been and mentioned December birthdays of her kids and grandkids and then mentioned in passing that the 26th was her father’s birthday. I said “Really? That was my late father’s birthday as well.” Then my brother-in-law piped up that the 26th was his father’s birthday also. So, out of five people at the table, three (or 60%) of us had fathers born on 26 December. None were born in the same year (1918, 1926 and 1927). What are the odds?

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