Letter: ‘Nanette’ isn’t the Red Sox culprit
Metro has perpetuated a long-standing myth that “No No Nanette” was somehow related to the failure of the Red Sox during Harry Frazee’s tenure as owner.
The Red Sox and Frazee sold Babe Ruth to the Yankees after the 1918 season, and the money was used to finance the show “My Lady Friends,” which debuted in December 1919. While it is true that “No No Nanette” is a musical adaptation of “Our Lady Friends,” “Nanette” didn’t debut until 1924, and that was in Chicago rather than Broadway.
The Red Sox had already plunged into the American League cellar in 1922, where they would remain for the rest of the decade.
Jason Smith, via email