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1926 World Series Media Scoreboards with a Pair of Original Tickets

Starting Bid - $4,000.00, Sold For - $10,440.00

Presented is an amazing relic from a bygone era, which viewing today tells a story which transcends the world of sport, speaking volumes about the development of media and communication in America. This World Series media scoreboard also captures a moment frozen in time exactly as it was experienced by viewers during the 1926 World Series. Before the days when television and live radio allowed information to reach millions of people simultaneously, fans in towns and cities small and large throughout the land were still able to anticipate every pitch, every run, and every out of the World Series together, almost at the same time as the fans in the stands. Scoreboard mechanisms of varying complexity, ranging from the simple to the very large and elaborate, were set up in public spaces such as street corners or in front of local newspaper offices, and sometimes even indoors for paying audiences at local theaters. Play-by-play game reports were received by telegraph and passed on to the scoreboard operator, who would update the status of the game for viewers in close-to-real time. In large cities and small towns throughout America, "watching" the World Series on such a scoreboard was as much a ritual as listening to the World Series on the radio soon became, or watching the World Series on television is today. All throughout America, media scoreboards allowed those who could not attend the games to experience the thrill of every pitch, hit, and run. By the early 1930s, radio made these temporary scoreboards obsolete. The days of the media scoreboards are long forgotten, but the story of the significant chapter in baseball history they represent is told by many old photographs of crowds in the streets, especially in small towns across America, enjoying the game as provided by the scoreboards, and by the few surviving media scoreboards known to exist. The Hall of Fame has a media scoreboard dating from the 1920s, originating from Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, in its permanent collection, which is on tour as part of "Baseball As America," the Hall of Fame's nationally traveling exhibition. This is the only original media scoreboard example we have ever seen available in the collecting world. The original hand-painted wood planks (11 x 16 x 2 inches) of the scoreboard exhibit the natural wear one would expect considering its intended and actual use, and retain the original chalk entries for the game as well as the original heavy paper name plates that were also hand-painted. The names in the lineups on this extremely rare example tell us that the game last recorded was the sixth game of the 1926 World Series between the New York Yankees and the St. Louis Cardinals. Prior to game six, the Cardinals were down three games to two, but would win this game 10-2, enroute to a 4-3 game victory over the Yankees in the series. The Yankee player lineup was (in order) Combs, Koenig, Ruth, Muesel [sic], Ruth, Gehrig, Lazzeri, Dugan, Thomas, and Collins; the Cardinals lineup consisted of Holm, Southworth, Hornsby, Bottomley, L. Bell, Hofley, O'Farrell, Therenow, and Alexander. The two sections of the scoreboard are beautifully shadowbox matted with two ticket stubs from the 1926 World Series, one from Game 3 at St. Louis (Ex-Mt) and one from Game 7 at New York (Nr/Mt), along with non-vintage photographs of the two teams. The entire display is magnificently framed to total dimensions of 57 x 28 inches. This is an extraordinary and very unique display piece. Please note due to the extremely large dimensions of the display, the shipping charges for this piece (depending on where it is sent and method of shipping) may be substantial. Reserve $4,000. Estimate $8,000/$12,000. SOLD FOR $10,440.00


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