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Boston Red Sox Baseball Cards - 1911
David Perry Lawrence
Photograph - Giclee Photographic Print
Boston Red Sox Baseball Cards - 1911. The Boston Red Sox, now playing in the 2013 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, were one of the charter franchises in the American League. According to Wikipeadia, the Red Sox were called the Boston Americans through 1907, and in 1908 Joseph Lanin, the teams owner, changed the team�s name to the Red Sox. However, in the Library of Congress, there is a photograph clearly labeled the 1913 Boston Americans. That makes me think that the �Boston Amer.� on these cards refers to the Boston Americans baseball club, and so I have entitled this poster accordingly.
This is not the team which included Babe Ruth, who came in 1915 or so, but did feature the legendary Tris Speaker in center field..
In a sale that I find amazing, in 1916 Harry Frazee bought the Red Sox from Joseph Lanin for $500,000! That�s about $10,400,000 today, certainly a low price for the team today, but a mammoth one compared to the mere $100 that George Halas paid to A.E. Staley in 1922 for the Chicago Bears football club. Baseball was truly America�s pastime in those days
The Red Sox have played in the World Series 11 times, including 3 against the Cardinals, in 1946, 1967, and 2004. The Cardinals won the 1946 and 1967 series. The BoSoxand have won the World Series seven times, in 1903, 1912, 1915, 1916, 1918, followed by a long drought before winning again in 2004 against the Cardinals, and 2007. They lost the World Series in 1946, 1967, 1975, and 1986. They also won the American League Pennant in 2004, but there was no World Series because the New York Giants refused to play.
This collection of baseball cards of the Boston Red Sox is from the Benjamin K. Edwards Collection of Baseball Cards in the Library of Congress. Mr. Edwards collected the cards over many years, and later gave the collection to the American poet Carl Sandburg. It was Mr. Sandburg who donated the collection to the Library of Congress.
October 23rd, 2013
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