1918 – 1925 World Series Player Board Photograph Album w/ Babe Ruth & “Shoeless” Joe Jackson

Forty-nine original photographs presented in this custom leather binding labeled from the famed “Collection of Barry Halper,” depict historic scenes from throughout North America taken of countless fans gathered to “watch” the World Series presented on large “player boards” erected for public viewing. Most photographs in this 14 X 10.5 album display scenes from the 1918-1925 World Series including several of the 1918 World Series with Babe Ruth playing as a Red Sox and the historic 1919 World Series which is referred to as the “Black Sox” scandal when Shoeless “Joe” Jackson, Chick Gandil, Buck Weaver, Swede Risberg, and Ed Cicotte and other White Sox players were found to have fixed the Series in the favor of the Cincinnati Reds. Each photograph measures in the range of 4.5 X 4.75 and 10 X 8 and are mounted on pages assembled in a trade album by the “Magnetic Base Ball Player Board Corp.” of New Bedford, Massachusetts in order to promote there device and service throughout the market. It was a simpler time during the early part of the twentieth century when before radio baseball fans would get game scores from the late or next day editions of newspapers. In the case of the World Series, however, fans clamored to know what was happening at the moment, and in answer to their demands a magnetic player board was developed. The board itself was an elaborate machine that featured the team's lineups on either side of the board with a diamond in the middle and the scoreboard on top. Balls, strikes, and outs were also listed, usually along the bottom. A metal ball on the surface of the diamond, controlled magnetically from behind, would be pitched, batted, and fielded, mimicking the actions of what was actually transpiring on the real field. These large boards, normally sponsored by the local newspaper, would be prominently placed in the center of town or mounted from the news building where they could be seen by thousands of people. Most of the original photographs in this album depict street scenes from different cities taken of large crowds gathered to “watch” the World Series play before their eyes. Photos are included from more than thirty cities, including: New York City (Times Square), Salt Lake City, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Houston, Baltimore, Atlantic City, Philadelphia, Harrisburg, New Bedford, Hartford, Long Beach, Ca.; Akron and in Canada; Winnepeg, Manitoba and in Sydney Australia. This is a rare opportunity to acquire such an archive of great historical significance. Comes with a certificate that unconditionally guarantees the authenticity of this item.

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1918 – 1925 World Series Player Board Photograph Album w/ Babe Ruth & “Shoeless” Joe Jackson

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