The American League reclaims the Boston throne1915 Boston Red Sox Silk Pillow Case. Boston was an American League town, you could be certain of that. Though the Braves had enjoyed sole ownership of the city's baseball rooters throughout the last quarter of the nineteenth century, allegiances proved a fickle thing after the Red Sox claimed victory in the inaugural edition of the World Series in 1903 just two years after their birth, and another in 1912. Meanwhile, the Braves floundered in protracted mediocrity, recording only a single winning season during the first thirteen years of shared Boston residence with its upstart neighbors.
Thus, the stage was set for the greatest reversal of fortune in Major League history, as the "Miracle Braves" climbed from worst to first in 1914, shocking the world with the most improbable underdog tale ever written within the annals of our national pastime. Was the pendulum of Beantown affections swinging back to the old guard?
Not if Joe Lannin could help it. Armed with one of the greatest pitching rotations in the history of professional baseball, and a media blitz that offered free screenings of spring training footage at cinemas across New England, the Red Sox owner made every effort to remind local fans that the American Leaguers were the true kings of the city. The campaign proved effective, expanding ticket sales from 480,000 in 1914 to 540,000 in 1915.
You see, everybody loves a winner, and the 1915 Red Sox represented the start of the greatest era in Boston baseball history, one that saw the boys from Fenway claim three World Championships in four seasons. Presented is one of the rarest commemoratives of the first edition of that surge, just the second example the hobby has encountered of this team silk pillowcase.
If it looks familiar, there's good reason for that--the very rare but still considerably more available commemorative leather utilizes the same team shot and selection of individual vignettes, though more of the latter on the leather, and in different positions. Hall of Fame legends Harry Hooper and Tris Speaker appear in those at the bottom corners, manager Bill Carrigan and star outfielder Duffy Lewis above.
Each likewise is present in the team shot among the twenty-two uniformed players, though in the interest of full disclosure, we must report the unfortunate absence of Babe Ruth, who made forty-two appearances for the team that year. Surface area is approximately eighteen inches square (18x18"). Pillow is stuffed, backed in pale blue.
Condition is remarkably fine for a century-old relic constructed of such delicate material, with nothing beyond the lightest soiling to report for the condition sensitive. Likewise free of any considerable faults is the beige cotton fringe that runs the edges, an adornment identical to that of the only other known specimen. It would appear that not only the National League is privy to Boston miracles.
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