When Harry Frazee bought the Boston Red Sox after their 1916 World Series win, the team was the best in baseball. The Sox won another championship in 1918 with high hopes to remain on top for years to come.
Boston was stocked with young talent. Babe Ruth was the best player in baseball, having just led the AL in slugging percentage, OPS, and homers in just 317 at bats. The game’s greatest two-way player, Ruth averaged 20 wins from 1916-1918, hurling 16 shutouts and posting a 1.95 ERA. He was joined by Hall of Fame outfielder Harry Hooper, star catcher Wally Schang, and a quartet of good young pitchers – Carl Mays, Bullet Joe Bush, Dutch Leonard, and Sad Sam Jones.
After a sixth-place finish in 1919, Frazee started to dismantle the dynasty headlined by the infamous sale of Ruth to the New York Yankees. Just a short time later, the other stars were gone as the Red Sox began a string of nine last-place finishes times in eleven years beginning in 1922.
Frazee sold the team in 1923 and passed away six years later.
In the collection is the signature of one of the most hated men in Boston sports history, Harry Frazee. This letter is yet another part of the fire sale that doomed the Red Sox franchise to an 85-year World Series drought.
Here Frazee informs catcher Schang that his release to the Yankees is enclosed. Schang would enjoy the move, earning his third ring with New York and helping The Bambino transform the Yankees into the greatest sports franchise in North America.