1909 Pittsburgh Pirates Ticket Stub - First Game Ever at Forbes Field!

Sold For: $2,350

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1226

Item Year: 1909

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Extremely rare and historic Pittsburgh Pirates ticket stub from the first game ever played at Forbes Field on June 30, 1909. Although the stub is undated, there is no mistaking its historical significance as the words "First Game Forbes Field" are preprinted in the center of the ticket. A special red, diamond-shaped cancellation stamp, reading "1909 - National League - 1909," also appears on the front. The Pirates hosted the Cubs in front of 30,338 fans that day, but unfortunately they were unable to christen their new park with a victory, losing the game 3-2. Forbes Field was one of the great architectural and engineering marvels of its day, and one of baseball's first great stadiums. Built at a cost of $2 million and constructed out of steel and concrete, the stadium included a number of "novel" features, such as electric lights, telephones, and even maids in the ladies room. Forbes Field and Shibe Park, which also opened in 1909, were the only stadiums at the time with a visitors' dressing room. Forbes Field remained home to the Pirates until 1970 and was torn down one year later. This is the first and only example of this rare ticket we have seen. The ticket stub (1.25 x 3 inches) displays a light horizontal crease and a small hint of adhesive residue on the blank reverse from having once been mounted. In Very Good to Excellent condition. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $2,350

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