1912 Boston Red Sox (vs. Giants) World Series Program

Sold For: $1,304

Auction Year: 2012 spring

Lot: 996

Item Year: 1912

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Boston Red Sox program issued for the 1912 World Series against the New York Giants. The 1912 Boston Red Sox World Series program has always been noted for its substantial design. Featured within its thirty-six pages are individual photos and short biographies of twenty-two Boston team members and front-office executives, including Tris Speaker, Harry Hooper, Joe Wood, player/manager Jake Stahl, Duffy Lewis, Bill Carrigan, and Hugh Bedient. The preprinted lineups include Mathewson, Doyle, Snodgrass, and Merkle for New York (Mathewson is noted as the starting pitcher), and Hooper, Yerkes, Speaker, Lewis, and Wood for Boston (Bedient is noted as the starting pitcher). The program has been neatly scored in pencil and records Boston's 2-1 victory in Game 5 held at Fenway Park on October 12. Boston eventually defeated New York in eight games (one game ended in a tie) in what is still regarded as one of the most exciting World Series ever played. Boston's victory marked the first of four World Championships for the club during the seven-year span 1912 through 1918, including consecutive World Titles in 1915 and 1916. The program (10 x 7 inches) displays light wear to the covers and partial separation along the spine resulting in a few of the interior pages having come loose. The two binding staples have rusted (a common occurrence with early World Series programs), which has caused a small amount of staining to both the cover and interior pages in the adjoining areas. A magnificent example of this very substantial and important early World Series program offered in the year of the 100th anniversary of this historic series. Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,304

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