Harry Frazee was the prominent Broadway
producer of No, No, Nanette, A Full House,
Madame Sherry, Ladies First, A Pair of Sixes,
The Madcap Duchess, Nothing But the Truth,
Fine Feathers, and Ready Money.
A couple of the aforementioned shows were
smash hits, including No, No, Nanette, which
originally ran from September 16th, 1925 -
June 19th, 1926, and Nothing But the Truth, which
ran for 332 performances from September 14th,
1916 - July 1917. H. H. Frazee also owned a
number of major theatre venues including the
prestigious Longacre Theatre (which he founded)
at 220 West 48th Street, between Broadway and
8th Avenue, in New York City.
Harry Frazee was also the American businessman
who owned the Boston Red Sox Major League
Baseball team and infamously sold Babe Ruth
to the Yankees. Forever reviled by Boston
Red Sox fans as the man who sold Babe Ruth,
Frazee is blamed for the tongue-in-cheek "Curse
of the Bambino." Since Frazee sold Ruth to
the Yankees, Boston hadn't won a single
World Series, and many attributed this to
the curse. The "curse" was actually a blessing
for the Yankees, who have gone on to win
more than two dozen World Series Championships
since the sale.
Boston's 80 year World Championship drought
came to an end, and the curse considered
broken, when the Red Sox won the 2004
Biographical fast facts
Full or original name at birth: Harry Herbert Frazee*
Date and place of birth: June 29, 1880,
Warner Avenue (now South Jefferson Avenue), Peoria, Illinois, U.S.A.
Date, time, place and cause of death: June 4, 1929,
at 5:30 p.m., at 270 Park Avenue, New York City,
New York, U.S.A. (Bright's Disease / Kidney failure)
Father: William Byron Frazee (b. October 29, 1851 - d. September 21, 1921)
Mother: Margaret Teal
Burial site: Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla, New York, U.S.A.
Error correction or clarification
* For several decades, sources have been
divided over Harry's middle name. Many sources
insist Harrison was his middle name, while
others report Herbert. Harry's relatives
confirm to Internet Accuracy Project that
Herbert was indeed his middle name.
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