Today in History: The first World Series Baseball game


On this day in 1903, the World Series was born.

Game 1 of the eight-game series took place at Huffington Avenue Baseball Grounds, as the Boston Americans hosted the Pittsburg Pirates. Pittsburg won the game, but Boston would take the series, five games to three.

More than 16,000 fans packed into the stadium for Game 1 at Fenway Park's predecessor. The ballpark on Huffington Avenue stood for just 11 years, opening in 1901 and getting knocked down in 1912, just before Fenway opened its doors.

According to data compiled by Shari Scribner, the Americans (soon to be Red Sox) doubled the price of admission for the series -- the cheapest tickets went for 50 cents, while grandstand seats cost one dollar. Roughly 100,000 tickets were sold over the eight games, garnering about $75,000. Boston players split the winnings 75/25 with the owner, with each player getting roughly $1,200.

Click through the gallery below to see behind-the-scenes shots of baseball coverage throughout the years.

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Today in History: The first World Series Baseball game
circa 1945: A baseball game plays on an early television set. (Photo by R. Gates/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Whitey Herzog, former Denver Bear outfielder now in the Washington Senators, and Debbie, his 21-month-old daughter, watch television in their trailer home at 5555 West 16th avenue while his wife, Mary Lou, steals a moment from her kitchen work for a peek.; (Photo By The Denver Post via Getty Images)
A young family watching baseball on television in their lounge, 1966. (Photo by Harold M. Lambert/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 13: The Phillie Phanatic watches the Philadelphia Phillies verses the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on television in a hallway on August 13, 2014 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Matt Brown/Angels Baseball LP/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 29: Kansas City Royals fans cheer in the Power and Light District during Game Seven of the World Series on October 29, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. Thousands of fans gathered to watch the Kansas City Royals take on the San Francisco Giants. (Photo by Julie Denesha/Getty Images)

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