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    The christening of hallowed ground

    1912 Fenway Park Opening Day Ticket Stub & Dedication Invitation.

    "Fenway Park, in Boston, is a lyric little bandbox of a ballpark. Everything is painted green and seems in curiously sharp focus, like the inside of an old-fashioned peeping-type Easter egg. It was built in 1912 and rebuilt in 1934, and offers, as do most Boston artifacts, a compromise between Man's Euclidian determinations and Nature's beguiling irregularities. Its right field is one of the deepest in the American League, while its left field is the shortest; the high left-field wall, three hundred and fifteen feet from home."

    --John Updike, "Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu."

    It's the oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball and, now that The House that Ruth Built has fallen to the wrecking ball, the sport's most hallowed ground (with apologies to Wrigley). Though its coming out party was overshadowed by the sinking of the Titanic just five days earlier, Fenway Park has exhibited the unflinching durability that the great sea vessel could not, staring down modernity to preserve the ghosts of Ruth, Speaker, Williams and countless other legends who share authorship of its special history.

    Most notable in this special display is the ticket stub for Game One of the 1912 Boston Americans season, an April 20th contest that rewarded the 27,000 fans present with an eleventh inning walk-off victory over the visiting New York Highlanders, who would adopt the nickname "The Yankees" the following season. Fewer than five examples are known to exist from this Grand Opening contest, and this one presents marvelously. We have not examined the ticket outside of the framed display, and do not know how it is affixed to the backing, though it can likely be removed if desired.

    Sharing space in the display is an invitation to the "Dedication of Fenway Park," a celebration that occurred nearly a month later during a Chicago White Sox visit to the infant stadium. This later date accounts for the error in identification of the Game One ticket upon the engraved plaque beneath it--Opening Day and the Dedication were not one and the same. The invitation exhibits a horizontal center fold line and a rusted paper clip impression along upper edge but otherwise no visible distractions. It has likewise not been examined outside the display, which is professionally matted and framed in Fenway green to dimensions of 14x18".

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