1916 Boston Red Sox (vs. Robins) World Series Program

Sold For: $4,444

Auction Year: 2012 spring

Lot: 1002

Item Year: 1916

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Boston Red Sox program issued for the 1916 World Series against the Brooklyn Robins. While similar in appearance to Boston's 1915 World Series program, and while all pre-1920 World Series programs are rare, for some unknown reason the 1916 example is by far the rarer of the two. The attractive cover design features individual portrait photos of the respective owners and managers for both Boston and Brooklyn (Joseph Lanin and William Carrigan for Boston and Charles Ebbets and William Robinson for Brooklyn). The interior pages include separate team photographs of Boston and Philadelphia, while a second Red Sox team photo appears on the back cover as part of an advertisement for A. Shuman & Co. (Babe Ruth is included in each team photo). 1916 marked Babe Ruth's first appearance on the mound in a World Series game. In his only start of the Series, Ruth bested Brooklyn 2-1 in fourteen innings in Game 2. The preprinted lineups include Hooper, Gardner, Scott, and Carrigan for Boston, and Stengel, Wheat, Daubert, and C. Meyers for Brooklyn. The names of each starting pitcher, Shore for Boston and Pfeffer for Brooklyn, are filled in by hand. Neatly scored in pencil to record Boston's 4-1 victory in the fifth and final game of the Series. Boston's victory marked their second consecutive World Championship of the decade, a period that witnessed them winning four World Series in the span of seven years (1912-1918). The program (7 x 10.25 inches) displays a vertical fold and light toning along the base of the back cover. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000.
SOLD FOR $4,444


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