Baseball’s juggernaut with four World Series titles between 1912 and 1918, the Boston Red Sox were, unbeknownst to players and fans, on the verge of a collapse that would leave the franchise without a title for 85 long years. The culprit, by all accounts, was theatre magnate and short-lived owner Harry Frazee, who purchased the team in 1916 and proceeded to sell off key components, most notably, Babe Ruth.
Encapsulated and assessed “Authentic” by SGC, this ticket stub was issued at Fenway Park during the 1917 season. The voucher features printed rain check details, a 50-cent price indicator and the facsimile signature of Frazee. As defending champions that year, the BoSox again contended as Ruth posted a stellar 24-13 mound mark. But just two years later, Frazee allegedly needed money to finance his production of “No No Nanette” (which proved to be a “no-no” at the box office) and sold Ruth to the Yankees.
A rare survivor with historical significance regarding its franchise, stadium, owner and players, this Deadball Era voucher was issued at a game in which Ruth may very well have performed (unable to determine due to lack of date identifier) and is a cornerstone to any serious Red Sox collection.