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The Old Ball Game: 1912

The Old Ball Game: 1912

October 8, 1912. First game of the 1912 World Series, between the New York Giants and Boston Red Sox. Right field grandstand at New York's Polo Grounds. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

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Men in Hats

One more possible woman is in about the 3rd row, three seats to the right of the tunnel or stair opening, above the whiskey bottle image. She appears to be wearing a large dark hat.

Game Time?

Well, people were probably just arriving early. It was the World Series after all, and the seating is not reserved. If you want to get a good seat for the most important games of the year, you get there early!

RE: Derbies and Fedoras galore

This is a wonderful blog!! :)


I found one woman; towards the center of the photo, just below the empty seats, wearing a white skirt and neck ruffle/bow. A thin man appears to be her companion, on her left.

Game Time

From what I could find looking through archives, the game time was 2:30. Either the clock was wrong or they certainly had an early arriving crowd in those days.

Or women

"There doesn't seem to be a single man without a hat in that photo."

Or a single woman that I can find.

Kind of surprised

I notice that the stands were integrated also.

1912 World Series

I found Waldo!

Other games

I knew that Chicago had an annual "City Series" between the Cubs and White Sox at the same time as the World Series (when neither team was in the World Series), but I did not know Philadelphia did, too, until I looked at that scoreboard. I wonder if St Louis or Boston or New York ever had one.

On the scoreboard, "New York" is in white, so I infer the Chicago and Philadelphia National League teams are probably in white, too, and so the home teams. Okay, I looked it up: The October 5 edition of the Chicago Tribune says the series was to start "next Tuesday," which would be October 8, but the records of the series say the first game was on October 9 at Comiskey Park. So, I'm guessing it rained that day in Chicago.

Derbies and Fedoras galore

There doesn't seem to be a single man without a hat in that photo. By the way, this is a great blog.

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