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    Babe Ruth sets Fall Classic mark for scoreless innings pitched

    1918 World Series Game Four Ticket Stub--One of Two Known! Though the Curse of the Bambino has been thoroughly exorcised with three trips to baseball's mountain top over the past decade, the mention of the year 1918 can still inspire a cold trickle down the spine of New England baseball fans of a certain age. For decades it stood as the final green pasture before a seemingly endless desert of despair for the Boston Red Sox franchise, a stark dividing line between an era of dominance and despair. But even with the return of happy days to the Fenway faithful, the 1918 World Series retains its status as the perceived high water mark of the franchise.

    The notion of "The Curse" only reinforced the conventional wisdom that the Sox' young pitching and slugging sensation was the weight that tipped the balance, so any Ruth-related 1918 relic commands the historian's attention. This extreme rarity stands tall in that accounting, a stub from the first Fenway contest (and thus Game Four of the Series) that saw the Babe extend his Fall Classic scoreless innings streak to twenty-nine and two-third innings before it was snapped with two outs in the top of the eighth. The Sox would move within a single victory of the Championship with a three to two victory over the Chicago Cubs, a team already a decade deep into a streak of tribulation that survives to this day.

    Ruth's streak had begun in the with two outs in the first frame of his historic fourteen inning complete game victory over the Brooklyn Robins in 1916 and ended here, topping Christy Mathewson's mark of twenty-seven set with three complete game shutouts in 1905. Ruth's record would stand until Whitey Ford eclipsed the streak in 1961.

    The Fenway Park stub presents very well, effectively an EX appearance but for staining on verso from scrapbook removal. Such concerns must be forgiven in light of the intense rarity, however, as this stands as one of just two Game Four examples ever to inhabit a PSA slab. Only fifteen stubs from the entire 1918 World Series appear on the company's population report. Encapsulated PSA Authentic.

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