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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