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.366 There are few numbers as perfect as this one. What a treat to read through Ty Cobb's career batting numbers and witness his arrival in 1907, just his third year, where he leads nearly every batting category. As a 20-year-old.
What PSA 9 and PSA 10 52' Mantles are to card collecting, these two tickets are to ticket collecting. Blue chip, incredibly rare, and overflowing with history. Perhaps the only investments that had a better return than blue chip sports collectibles in the last 10 years were bets on 3 or 4 tech stocks. One of the owners of a PSA 10 1952 Mantle turned down a $10,000,000 offer last year. Here's an opportunity to buy or trade for a couple national treasures.
There are fewer than seven 1908 World Series tickets and fewer than ten 1907 World Series tickets known to exist. The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown has never been able to find them, and even the great collector Barry Halper could not find a 1908 World Series ticket (perhaps because it was the most poorly attended series in WS history). Frank Chance's Cubs were a great team in the middle of the 'oughts, making it to the World Series 3 years in a row and winning two of three (07' and 08'). Ty Cobb and his Tigers also made it to the World Series three yearsin a row (07', 08', 09').
In 1907, the Tigers did not clinch the American League Pennant until Saturday October 5th. They had been in a tight race with the Philadelphia Athletics until the very last days of the season. Massive, spontaneous jubilation overcame the city of Detroit when Philadelphia lost to Washington on October 5th, giving the Tigers the Pennant. 12,000 reservations came into Harris' Cigar Store in Detroit for 4500 reserved seats. The remaining general admission tickets, for game one at Bennett Park, would only be sold on game day at the venue--first come first serve (October 11, 1907)(the first World Series game ever played in Detroit).
Game 1 in Chicago (10/08/1907) at the West Side Grounds, was thought to be the largest crowd that ever watched a baseball game (24,377).Game 1 is tied at 3-3 in the 12th inning as darkness arrives, and the game is abandoned (first tie in WS history). The National Baseball Commission rules that a tie game must be replayed in the same venue, so game 2 is played the next day in Chicago (10/09/1907) and the Cubs win 3-1. Game 3 is also played in Chicago on the subsequent day (10/10/1907), and the red hot Cubs win again (5-1).
Five boys are noted to be sitting under the Bennett Park ticket window at 4 am Friday morning amid the gray mist that shrouded the city. At daybreak, a 6th hopeful fan joined the line. At 7 am the first woman joined, 11th in line. And by 9 am, 3,000 Tiger fans are now in 2 lines which extend from Michigan Avenue south, and north alongTrumbull Avenue. The general admission ticketsare described as "pasteboards." The price of the general admission ticket is $1. The reserved seats ($2) and the box seats ($2.50) have already been sold at Harris' Cigar Store. "At 10:30, the ticket windows and the entrances to the park weresimultaneously thrown open . . . and skilled ticket sellers passed out the precious pasteboards with remarkable rapidity and the long lines filed into the gates in a quiet and orderly manner. An hour after the gates were opened there were probably 6,000 persons in the park. The new right field bleacher was the first to fill up and in less than half an hour after the first spectator hadentered the park, it was a solid mass of humanity, with tier after tier of faces rising one above the other. The grandstand also filled early, the seats in the coveredpavilion being held in slight esteem, as it was never completely filled, while the grandstand was crowded to suffocation long before play was called. By noon the playing field was completely encircled by excited, eagerspectators, who waved their pennants and shouted themselves hoarse upon the slightest provocation." Unfortunately for the Tigers, the mighty Cobb could not lift them above Chance's Cubs, and they lost 6-1 in front of their home crowd of 11,306. The Cubs swept the series the following day 2-0 (10/12/1907). Four Hall of Famers played for the Cubs (Mordecai Brown, Frank Chance, Johnny Evers and Joe Tinker), two HOF's played for the Tigers (Ty Cobb and Sam Crawford).2 The number of times Ty Cobb struck out during theentire 1926 season (his 22nd in the majors).
1907 ticket is a game 4 ticket. 1908 ticket is a game 3 ticket. Both have moderate wear and the expected patina for 109 and 110 year old tickets. As you can see in the photos, they are bothabsolute museum pieces and very well cared for. I welcome your questions and I love to trade.Here's a summary (below) of the 1908 series:
1908 World Series
The fourth official World Series marked the third consecutive postseason championship appearance of the Chicago Cubs. After losing to their cross town rivals, the White Sox in 1906, the reigning National League champs made amends by sweeping Detroit in the 1907 Series. The Tigers had learned a hard lesson and were also determined to make a repeat appearance. They met their goal by winning the American League pennant on the last day of the regular season. The press played up the rematch on both sides as Chicago papers were filled with words like "repeat" while the Detroit papers used "revenge".
Game 1 recalled memories of the previous year's opener as the Tigers held a surprise lead going into the ninth inning. Once again, the Tigers watched their advantage fade away, although this year the game would not be called at a tie. Detroit pitcher, Ed Simmons continued to look strong going into the ninth as he retired Johnny Evers to open the inning. The twenty-four game winner was two outs away from Series leading victory, when suddenly everything folded. In what must have seemed like a recurring bad dream, Simmons yielded six consecutive hits resulting in five runs. Chicago snatched the lead and never looked back en route to a 10-6 triumph, using Orval Overall and Mordecai Brown in relief roles behind Ed Reulbach.
Chicago's Orval Overall was given the start for Game 2, having only served in a relief role in the Series opener and was paired up against the Tiger's ace Bill Donovan. Both pitchers went head-to-head for four innings straight with neither allowing a single hit in a 0-0 standoff. Three innings later, the Tigers had managed three hits and the Cubs had one. The game remained scoreless going into the eighth inning with both teams waiting for the other to blink. Donovan blinked first and ran into trouble in the bottom of the inning. Joe Tinker started the rally with a two run homer to right field and before the inning was over, the Cubs had four more hits and four more runs. Ty Cobb tried to generate some momentum with a run-scoring single in the ninth, but once again, Chicago prevailed, winning 6-1. The Cubs were on a roll and won their sixth consecutive Series game against the Tigers.
Detroit was finally able to break Chicago's post-season winning streak in Game 3 with a stellar performance on the mound by George Mullin. The Tigers' ace dominated the Cubs line-up allowing only seven hits in an 8-3 victory. The win appeared to breathe some life back into the perennial losers, but their renewed fervor didn't last long. In Game 4, they recorded a miserable four-hit effort in a 3-0 loss against Brown and they would never recover. Overall, who had performed so magnificently Game 2, was even better in Game 5. The twenty-seven year-old right hander allowed only three hits and struck out ten batters in the 2-0 triumph and back-to-back Series winner. The Tigers' embarrassment was dulled by the lack of witnesses in the stands as only 6,210 fans witnessed the finale in Detroit, the smallest crowd in Series history.
The Cubs became the first team to record three consecutive World Series appearances and two consecutive World Series victories with both championship wins coming off the heels of a record one-hundred sixteen victory season of 1906. In 1908, Chicago's West Side franchise was more than just a winning baseball team, they had just become sports first official "dynasty".
"Baseball was one-hundred percent of my life." - Hall of Famer (who batted .368 in the1908 World Series) Ty Cobb1908 World Series
1908 World Series Official Program
Detroit Tigers Version
1908 World Series Official Program
Chicago Cubs Version
Chicago Cubs (4) vs Detroit Tigers (1)
1908 World Series Fast FactsGame 1Date / Box Score10-10-1908LocationBennett ParkAttendance10,812Game 2Date / Box Score10-11-1908LocationWest Side GroundsAttendance17,760Game 3Date / Box Score10-12-1908LocationWest Side GroundsAttendance14,543Game 4Date / Box Score10-13-1908LocationBennett ParkAttendance12,907Game 5Date / Box Score10-14-1908LocationBennett ParkAttendance6,2101908 World Series Fast Facts
1908 World Series
Game 1Line Score /Box Score1908 World Series Game 1 Pitcher(s)Detroit Pitcher(s)
Orval Brown(W, 8th)
Ed Summers(L, 3rd)
-Chicago Home RunsDetroit Home World Series
Game 2Line Score /Box Score1908 World Series Game 2 Pitcher(s)Chicago Pitcher(s)Bill Donovan(L)
Detroit Home RunsChicago Home RunsNoneJoe World Series
Game 3Line Score /Box Score1908 World Series Game 3 Pitcher(s)Chicago Pitcher(s)George Reulbach(9th)Detroit Home RunsChicago Home World Series
Game 4Line Score /Box Score1908 World Series Game 4 Pitcher(s)Detroit Pitcher(s)Mordecai Brown(W)
-Ed Winter(9th)Chicago Home RunsDetroit Home World Series
Game 5Line Score /Box Score1908 World Series Game 5 Pitcher(s)Detroit Pitcher(s)
Bill Donovan(L)Chicago Home RunsDetroit Home World Hitting Brown
Joe World Hitting Cobb
George World Pitching Brown
Ed World Pitching Donovan
George you know that the home run hit byJoe TinkerduringGame 2was the first one in a Fall Classic sinceGame 2of the1903 World Series?The attendance duringGame 5(6,210) of the 1908 World Series was the smallest World Series crowd in major league history.
NoWorld Series MVP Awardwas given until 1955. Who do you believe would have won? How aboutMordecai Brownwho pitched two (2) of theCubsfour (4) wins and had an ERA of 0.00? PerhapsFrank Chancewho managed hisCubsand hit .421 while playing first base? Please share your opinion on ourmessage board.