Take Me Out To The Ballgame

I usually don't like to comment much on the various things I find, I prefer to act more like a museum curator, briefly describing the item and letting the readers speculate about the ephemera's place in space and time.

Occasionally, I just can't help myself. I'm a big baseball fan, so finding something like this is a real thrill.

Picture this. It's late June, 1923. The original Yankee Stadium opened just a few months earlier. The Yankees are playing the old Philadelphia A's and Connie Mack is still the manager. Connie Mack! Just thirteen days earlier, a young player name Lou Gehrig made his major league debut.

On that Thursday, Babe Ruth hit a double, Wally Pipp had a homer and Bob Shawkey pitched nine innings for the win.

Note: I determined the date of the game based on the date listed near the bottom, 1921. Checking baseball-reference.com, I found that the Yankees didn't play at home for game number 62 in 1921, 1922, or 1924-1927. The ticket might be from a later year, but I'm guessing it's 1923.

I also found a ticket to the Majestic Theater, but I'm not sure what the actual date might be for this one. It says "Friday Eve." and what looks like a 13... but it's tough to tell.

Both tickets found in "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens. Published by Grosset and Dunlap, no date listed.



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4 comments:

Love This Space said...

I'm glad you gave us some context around the baseball ticket! It definitally makes it much cooler.

Andrew Ross said...

"Game 62" probably means the 62nd home game of the season, not the 62nd game overall.

Michael Popek said...

Andrew, I thought of that as well - but I was able to find a scan of a 1925 ticket online that was from game 101.

Pamela K said...

I am a Cubs fan. This post was FABULOUS! Thank you for your commentary.

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