Lot # 160: 1916 World Series Braves Field Ticket Stub Valid for Game 1, 2 or 5 (Babe Ruth's WS Pitching Debut) - PSA FR 1.5

Category: Baseball Tickets

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Item was in Auction "Summer, 2023 Premier Auction",
which ran from 8/2/2023 12:00 PM to
8/19/2023 9:00 PM

The 1916 World Series matched the American League champion Boston Red Sox against the National League champion Brooklyn Robins, pitting Boston manager Bill Carrigan against Hall of Fame skipper Wilbert Robinson.  Though the Series would be the Red Sox' second consecutive championship, it was historically significant due to the rise to prominence of young pitcher Babe Ruth.

Ruth would pitch 324 innings in 44 games in 1916, posting a 23-12 record against a minuscule 1.75 ERA.  But he batted in 23 additional games, posting a .272 batting average for the season, with three home runs and 16 RBI.  Not exactly Ohtani-like, but the best was yet to come for the 21-year-old hurler.  It was his colossal performance in Game 2 - his World Series pitching debut - that would be the biggest contribution to his legend, as he threw every pitch in a 14-inning marathon, scattering just six hits and giving up one run - a first inning home run to Hi Myers.  From the 8th inning on, Ruth did not surrender a hit, and in the bottom of the 14th, pinch hitter Del Gainer singled home the winning run.

Though the stub presented here resembles a single-game ticket, it is actually a three-game pass that entitled the bearer to access to Braves Field (where the Red Sox were playing) for the Series.  The grandstand passes were offered for $3 per game ($9 total), with a maximum of two passes per person.  Valid for games 1, 2, and 5, the bearer of this pass could've seen Ruth's World Series debut, the Red Sox' Game 1 victory behind Ernie Shore, and the clinching Game 5, Shore's second win of the Series.

The stub has been graded FR 1.5 by PSA, a fresh submission, graded as such due to wrinkling and an irregular tear.  Some light staining is also apparent, with a small spot of paper loss on the reverse from scrapbook mounting.  An outstanding, historically important ticket stub that was likely present at Babe Ruth's World Series pitching debut.


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