The 2004 World Series was the Major League Baseball championship series
for the 2004 season. It was the 100th World Series and featured the
American League champion Boston Red Sox, against the National League
champion St. Louis Cardinals. The Red Sox defeated the Cardinals four
games to none in the best-of-seven series, played at Fenway Park and
Busch Memorial Stadium. The series was played between October 23 and
October 27, 2004, broadcast on Fox, and watched by an average of just
under 25 and a half million viewers. The Cardinals earned their berth
into the playoffs by winning the National League Central, and had the
best win–loss record in the National League. The Red Sox won the
American League wild card to earn their berth. The Cardinals reached
the World Series by defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in the
best-of-five National League Division Series, and the Houston Astros in
the best-of-seven Championship Series. The Red Sox defeated the Anaheim
Angels in the American League Division Series and the New York Yankees
in the Championship Series to advance to their first World Series since
1986. The Cardinals made their first trip to the World Series since
1987. The Red Sox swept the series, winning their first championship
since 1918, which ended the "Curse of the Bambino", a curse that was
supposed to have been inflicted on the team when Babe Ruth was sold to
the Yankees in 1919.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
The earliest recorded usage of the name "Amsterdam" was made on a
certificate by Count Floris V of Holland that granted the inhabitants,
who had built a bridge with a dam across the Amstel, an exemption from
paying the bridge's tolls.
Condemned as a heretic for preaching nontrinitarianism and anti-infant
baptism, Michael Servetus was burned at the stake outside Geneva.
English Civil War: The combined armies of Parliament inflicted a
tactical defeat on the Royalists, but failed to gain any strategic
advantage in the Second Battle of Newbury.
The first underground segment of the New York City Subway, today one of
the most extensive public transportation systems in the world, opened,
connecting New York City Hall with Harlem.
U.S. Navy Petty Officer Allen R. Schindler, Jr. was killed in Sasebo,
Nagasaki, Japan, a victim of a hate crime for being gay, sparking a
national debate that led to the establishment of the U.S. armed forces'
"Don't ask, don't tell" policy.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. Lower; under.
2. Lying beneath, or conceived as lying beneath, the earth’s surface
Wikiquote quote of the day:
They shall have stars at elbow and foot;
Though they go mad they shall be sane,
Though they sink through the
sea they shall rise again;
Though lovers be lost love shall not;
And death shall have no
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