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Boston's success vs. St. Louis10/26/2004 11:49 PM ET
By Mark Newman / MLB.com
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis is known as the "Gateway to the West," and if the Red Sox win this World Series and end the Curse of the Bambino, then it also will become known as the "Gateway to Glory" for Boston's professional sports teams.
According to Red Sox historian Dick Bresciani, Boston breakthroughs have come at the expense of St. Louis teams in the past. To wit:
That 125-123 victory was not just a breakthrough, but a waterspout opened wide. It began one of the greatest dynasties in sports, a run from 1957-69 never again seen in the NBA.
Boston had something else to thank St. Louis for: Bill Russell. The Hawks traded him as the No. 2 draft pick before that 1957 season for "Easy" Ed Macauley and rookie Cliff Hagan. Both teams would benefit in the long run from that deal, but Russell went on to become a dynasty-maker and one of the all-time greats.
Conversely, losing that series had an adverse effect on St. Louis. The Blues had made it to the Stanley Cup Finals in each of their first three seasons after expansion. They have not made it back since losing to Boston.
Now the Red Sox are hoping to win their first World Series title since 1918 and end the fabled hex that has existed since the club sent Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees in 1920. Perhaps it is only fitting that the St. Louis Cardinals are on the other side.
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