The 'curse', if you are unfamiliar, went like this: In 1918 the Red Sox won their fifth World Series, the most by any club and added proof of their dynasty. They won using the pitching (and hitting) of George Herman Ruth, commonly known now as Babe Ruth, The Babe, The Bambino, the Sultan of Swat, the Colossus of Clout, and too many others to name.
But in 1920, Red Sox owner Harry Frazee, desperate for cash to produce a play (I kid you not) sold Babe Ruth's contract to the New York Yankees for $100,000 plus a loan. The Yankees, unsuccessful to that point, went on to win 26 World Series, while the Red Sox did not win again until a few years ago.
However, the curse may be only mostly dead. The Chicago Cubs have not won a World Series since 1908 but they also have not played in Fenway Park, home of the cursed Red Sox, since 1918 when they lost to those Red Sox in the World Series...and Babe Ruth. As the pitcher.
To put it in context, and to further show that even winning the National League has escaped the Cubs, much less winning a World Series, I quote "A Dying Cubs Fan's Last Request" by Steve Goodman:
You know the law of averages says/So, even given the curse of interleague play that Bud Selig has saddled us with, to go with two sets of rules for the American and National Leagues, the last time the Cubs visited the Red Sox was 93 years ago. You don't need to like baseball to appreciate a game like that, you just have to like history. Baseball is full of history. For example, in June of 1876 when General George Custer made his dumbest, and last, mistake at Little Big Horn, the Chicago White Stockings played the Cincinnati Red Stockings; both teams wore knickers and they still do so today.
Anything will happen that can/
That's what it says/
But the year the Cubs last won a national league pennant/
Was the year we dropped the bomb on Japan
Of course, there is science to baseball also, so you can check out some science if you just want to participate in a group cultural event and not really be involved, like I will do during tomorrow's Rapture.
The Science Of Baseball: What Is The Farthest Home Run (And Did Mickey Mantle Hit It)?
The Science Of Baseball: What Is The Fastest A Pitcher Can Throw?
Pythagoras Undone: Baseball Bats Even The Musically Pretentious Can Appreciate
Baseball, Vision And Alcohol: Analyzing The Zito Curve
Does A Curveball In Baseball Really Break?
Yankee Stadium - The House That Bernoulli Built
And here is Goodman performing "A Dying Cub Fan's Last Request" just because baseball has inspired more great songs than anything except heartbreak, alcohol and dogs, and this is one of them: