The 1915 World Series pitted the Boston Red Sox against the Philadelphia Phillies, a series that featured seven future Hall of Famers in uniform, plus two Hall of Fame umpires in Bill Klem and Billy Evans. The Boston Red Sox took the Series in five games, the Phillies winning the first game and then being swept in the next four.
Bill Carrigan, the Pride of Lewiston, Maine, was named Manager of the Red Sox during the 1913 season, and he let the team to the Series in 1915. In this 8 1/2" x 6 1/2" photo, Carrigan is presented with a loving cup by Louis J. Brann, the mayor of Lewiston. The photo was taken before the Game 3 on October 11, a game won by the Red Sox as Duffy Lewis singled home Harry Hooper with two out in the bottom of the ninth.
Though the photo does have historical significance, its importance is significantly raised due to one of the subjects in the background. Just behind Brann is the unmistakeable face of a young Babe Ruth, playing in his first World Series. Ruth, in his rookie season with Boston, was a star pitcher for the team, winning 18 games with a 2.44 ERA. The Red Sox pitching staff was so strong that Ruth would not enter the series as a pitcher, and came to bat just once as a pinch hitter in the first game.
Babe Ruth rookie photos of any kind are extraordinarily desirable and highly prized among collectors. Photos documenting Ruth in that World Series are particularly significant. Though the Babe would eventually become known for his World Series heroics, in 1915 he was but a young pitcher, another "extra" in a photo with the mayor of Lewiston, Maine.
Extremely significant, the photo has been authenticated as Type 1 by PSA/DNA and encapsulated as such, and comes with a LOA as well. The photo is very tightly sealed in the holder at a tilt that will not straighten without breaking the holder. The photo itself is clean and unblemished, however, though corner clips at the top left and bottom right are evident. An International Film Service stamp is evident on the reverse, as are some editorial markings (including one identifying Boston Mayer James Michael Curley, though we do not believe Curley is in the photo). A tremendous document of Babe Ruth's rookie season in Boston, and his participation in the 1915 World Series.