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Thunderstruck30
03-09-2003, 12:29 AM
On page 128 of the book "Whos On 3rd," they mention how Louie Aparicio was traded at the end of the 62 season. Aparicio commented that the Sox wouldnt win a pennant for forty years. Now that it is 2003, those forty years are over. Could this possibly mean something? Did Aparicio curse the team?

jortafan
03-09-2003, 12:46 AM
Originally posted by Thunderstruck30
On page 128 of the book "Whos On 3rd," they mention how Louie Aparicio was traded at the end of the 62 season. Aparicio commented that the Sox wouldnt win a pennant for forty years. Now that it is 2003, those forty years are over. Could this possibly mean something? Did Aparicio curse the team?

Do you also believe that the Cubs haven't won because of Billy Goat Sianis' damned goat?

wassagstdu
03-09-2003, 10:17 AM
It wasn't a curse, it was a perception.

T Dog
03-09-2003, 01:07 PM
I always took the 40-year thing as 40 years from 1959, just as 1959 was 40 years from 1919. Aparicio had only been with the Sox for a few years in 1959, and he obviously didn't believe they could win without him. The Sox, though, did come close in 1964 (damn Yankees) and, with almost no hitting, made a run in 1967 (damn collapse).

When the Sox got Aparicio back, they had returned to a dark age. They didn't make a run at first until he was traded again. Strangely enough, the most glaring hole in 1972 was at shortstop. Roland Hemond did a great job at rebuilding the Sox after 1970, but if he hadn't pulled the trigger on the Aparicio deal ....

Any team that trades away the best shortstop of his generation -- twice -- doesn't need to look for any mystical curses.