REPOST: A Century of Difference – The First World Series

Partially reposted from The Historical Diaries


The Boston Americans (later named the “Red Sox”) and the Pittsburgh Pirates shown here in the 1903 World Series.

Baseball season is right around the corner, and with it comes many of its time-honored traditions, including the pageantry of the World Series. Few, however, know that, unlike the NFL’s Super Bowl, the World Series experienced a major upset from the very beginning. Where it took the American Football League three times to beat their established rivals in Super Bowl III, the American League (then known as the American Association), was able to turn the baseball world on its head from the start.

Then again, it was 1903, before radio.

The very first World Series of the modern era was held between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Boston Americans in 1903. The American’s, winners of the American Association championship, were facing the Pirates, who claimed the…. (read more)

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