Today in History–October 1–the Library of Congress features American baseball’s first World Series, the first game of which was played on this day in 1903. The best-of-nine series matched the American League’s Boston Americans (soon to be Boston Red Sox) against the National League’s Pittsburgh Pirates, with Boston winning the series 5 games to 3. The National League bowed out in 1904 but the series resumed in 1905. The World Series was then played yearly until 1994, when a players strike ended the baseball season early. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section then clicking the links below.
World Series front-page newspaper articles through 1924
Library blog posts
- Let’s Play Ball! Music for the World Series In The Muse October 30, 2013
- Tuning In to the World Series Before TV Picture This October 29, 2015
- World Series Pictures in Play Picture This October 19, 2011
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