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    Unused tickets to every regular season game for first World Series Champions!

    1903 Boston Pilgrims (Red Sox) Complete Season Ticket Book. Extraordinary relic was issued to an "H.A. Frothingham," almost certainly a descendant of Boston Tea Party participant and Revolutionary Army lieutenant Nathaniel Frothingham, who had defended his hometown from the Brits over a century before the founding of the American League brought a new ballclub to the shores of the former colony. The team was built upon the sturdy foundation of the legendary Cy Young, whose 286 victories at the time he was plucked from the National League was already the highest victory tally of any pitcher in history. After near misses in the first two seasons of the Pilgrims' existence, the new Boston club found that the third time was the charm, claiming the American League pennant by a gaping fourteen and a half game margin at the close of the regular season. They would proceed onward as participants in the first playing of the World Series, earning a victory over the National League Champion Pirates that so unsettled the Senior Circuit brass that it would be two years before the Fall Classic would resume.

    Presented is what is most assuredly the single surviving full ticket book from that inaugural Boston Americans World Championship season, a relic that would have have allowed entry for Mr. Frothingham to all seventy regular season games contested at Boston's Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds, the site of the very first World Series game.

    With understated dimensions (2.5x4") that belie its enormous historical importance, the leatherbound booklet holds eighteen pages of four perforated individual game tickets, the cover embossed with golden text announcing "Boston Base Ball Club of American League, Season 1903, 15." The final number is clearly a serial number, with each individual game stub likewise bearing the digits. Only light rubbing to the edges of the cover must be reported in a discussion of condition, suggesting long decades hidden away in a dark attic or cedar trunk.

    *A donation of $100 to the American Red Cross is required to attend the Live auction.



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