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    1905 World Series Program (New York Giants). The Fall Classic has been, for decades, the greatest tradition in the professional game, but it's important to remember that its survival was in great peril in its earliest days. The first edition in 1903 was considered an enormous coup for the newly-minted American League, still considered a second-tier interloper by a National League already a quarter century old upon the Junior Circuit's 1901 debut. Certainly the legitimacy of the Americans was bolstered by the unexpected victory of their Boston Red Sox representative in 1903, but many National League representatives took this underdog success as nothing more than a fluke, chief among them the gruff New York Giants manager John McGraw.

    McGraw's personal antipathy toward American League president Ban Johnson only caused him to dig his heels in deeper when the Giants claimed the National League pennant in 1904, and he summarily dismissed any question of another meeting with the American flag bearers, claiming that he was already a World Champion because he represented the "only real major league."

    Along with the 1903 inaugural model, the official program of the 1905 World Series rates as the most difficult and coveted publication in the baseball collecting hobby, a relic that has confounded nearly every collector of Fall Classic memorabilia.

    Neatly scored in pencil for Game Four, horizontal center crease which begins with a 0.5" tear, and back cover smudge. Still has an overall clean look and all intact. A thrilling find for the advanced collector looking to clear one of the subgenre's most difficult hurdles.


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    November, 2016
    17th-19th Thursday-Saturday
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