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Make a Date with Baseball's Greats: Visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame

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Baseball's Most Famous Sock
Curt Schilling Bloody Sock - Photo - 2004 World Series - Boston Red Sox - Baseball Hall of Fame

The National Baseball Hall of Fame always showcases artifacts from the most recent World Series, so on a visit in September of 2005, Curt Schilling's bloody sock was on display.

© 2005 Kim Knox Beckius, licensed to About.com
If you don't know the significance of this sock, you're not a Red Sox fan.

But even if you didn't jump on the Boston bandwagon in 2004, you have to admit that the 2004 World Series was one of the most dramatic in recent history. It took true grit and determination for the Red Sox to finally overcome the "curse of the Bambino," the alleged curse that befell the team after Boston traded Babe Ruth to the Yankees in 1920.

Nothing symbolizes the team's impressive struggle better than pitcher Curt Schilling's bloody sock, which he loaned to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. It was later sold at auction. Schilling pitched Game 2 of the 2004 World Series just days after he had surgery to repair a ruptured tendon sheath on his right ankle. As TV cameras zoomed in on the blood seeping through his sock, Schilling earned Boston a victory and himself a place in baseball history.

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