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Royal Rooters Megaphone and "Tessie" Sheet Music
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $4,700.00
At the turn of the century, there was no more devoted or vocal baseball fan base than Boston's famed "Royal Rooters." Led by the inimitable tavern owner Michael "Nuf Ced" McGreevy, the Rooters were a constant source of encouragement to the Red Sox during all home games, and a large contingent of Rooters often accompanied the team to important road games as well. Offered here are two scarce souvenirs dating to the heyday of the famed Royal Rooters. The first is a white painted megaphone that originates from the family of one of the Royal Rooters. The megaphone is lettered "Boston" and "Rooters," respectively, on either side. Megaphones such as this were a common companion of most Rooters and were used to ensure that their cheers would always be heard by the home team and, conversely, their jeers by the opposition. The Rooters were, in many ways, as famous as the team they supported, and numerous photos exist of the group in action, many of whom can be seen holding megaphones similar to the offered piece. The megaphone (22 inches in length, 11 inches in diameter at its widest part), constructed of heavy cardboard with metal rims, displays heavy wear consistent with its age and former use including soiling, moderate tears and creases, and fading to the white paint and red letters. It is still fabulous for display! The second piece is 1902 sheet music for the Broadway show tune "Tessie, " which was later adopted as the official fight song of the Royal Rooters. "Tessie," which would be sung incessantly by the Rooters during games, was first introduced at the 1903 World Series. The constant chorus of the song was said to so unnerve many of the Pirates players that it has been credited by some historians as having been the deciding factor in the Red Sox's upset victory in the series. For the next sixteen years, through the club's 1918 World Championship, the strains of "Tessie" could always be heard in the streets of Boston during the baseball season. The sheet music (11 x 14 inches) displays a few minor edge tears and is in overall Very Good condition. Total: 2 items (megaphone and sheet music). Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $4,700.00
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