Rare circa 1904 Boston Red Sox ticket stub. The lettering on the ticket, which was a for a $1 "Grand Stand" admission, reads "Boston American League Base Ball Club" at the top and is numbered "37" in the center. The facsimile signature of Boston team owner John Taylor appears below the number. An advertisement for "CFR Rye - An Honest Quart of Honest Whiskey," appears on the reverse. This ticket surfaced in the early 1990s as part of a small find of Boston Red Sox baseball tickets and programs dating from the 1903-1905 time period. (John Taylor was owner of Boston's American League franchise from 1904 to 1911.) Boston, of course, defeated Pittsburgh in the first modern-day World Series in 1903 and repeated as league champion the following season as well. (No World Series was played in 1904 due to the mutual animosity between New York Giants team owner John Brush and American League president Ban Johnson.) This is a significant early Boston Red Sox ticket and one of only a few examples we have seen dating from the early 1900s. Given the prohibitive cost of a 1903 World Series ticket, and the absence of any World Series example for 1904, this regular-season example may represent a fine alternative for any advanced World Series ticket collection. The ticket (1.5 x 3.5 inches) remains in Near Mint condition and was recognized at the time of its discovery in the 1990s as one of the two best examples from the find. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).
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