The Red Sox baseball team’s victory in the World Series for the first time in 86 years was probably the most emotional sporting achievement of 2004, and ended one of sport's most enduring ‘curses’.
From the day in 1920 when Boston Red Sox sold Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees, they had never won the World Series.  Four times the Red Sox have reached the World Series and four times they have lost.
This time church bells rang in small New England towns and horns honked on the crowded streets of Boston as the Red Sox won the World Series in style, beating the St Louis Cardinals 4-0 in the best of seven matches.
On their way to the World Series, the Red Sox also engineered the greatest comeback in baseball history when they won four straight games against the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series.  It was a baseball epic.  Having lost the first three games of the play-off, the Red Sox had to win all the remaining four, and they created history by doing just that. 
One of the greatest team performances ever witnessed in American sport.

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