1903: World Series

Just a few months ago, one of only two known copies commemorating the first World Series game sold at auction for a reported $241,500.

Over eight days in early October, 1903, the Boston Americans won five games to the Pittsburgh Pirates’ three, though the Pirates would take the series in 1909. More than 16,000 people showed up to watch the game at Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds. The grounds have since been incorporated into Northeastern University but the grass – holy turf – went to Fenway Park and became part of its field.

For your trivia night: The Boston Americans changed their name to the Boston Red Sox in 1908 and went on to win six more world series up to the present day. The Pittsburgh Pirates suffered some name confusion in between 1897 and 1911, during which the United States Board on Geographic Names purportedly forced the city of Pittsburgh to drop the ‘h.’ The team restored the traditional spelling for the World Series poster but not the program.

Images: Poster (left) and program


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