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Lot # 617: 1916 World Series Game 2 Ticket Stub - Babe Ruth's First World Series Start - Begins His Scoreless Inning Streak! PSA GD 2 (Pop 2 - One Higher)

Category: Ruth and Gehrig

Starting Bid: $1,000.00

Bids: 41 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "Summer Classic 2022",
which ran from 8/28/2022 7:00 PM to
9/17/2022 10:00 PM

Rare and historically significant Boston Red Sox 1916 World Series ticket issued for Game 2 against the Brooklyn Robins at Braves Field in Boston on October 9th, in which Babe Ruth recorded his first World Series win and began his then-record streak of pitching 29 2/3 scoreless innings in the fall classic. Graded GOOD 2 by PSA. This is one of only five examples of this important ticket listed in the PSA Population Report. It is one of just two graded at this level, with only one graded higher. We have never offered another example of this 1916 Game 2 ticket and we can only recall having seen two others at auction, both of which appeared over a decade ago. 

Game 2 of the 1916 World Series marked Babe Ruth's second World Series appearance and his first start (he had one pinch-hit at bat in the 1915 World Series). After giving up a two-out inside the park solo home run to Hi Meyers in the top of the first, Ruth was masterful, holding the Robins to just five more hits and three walks in Boston's 2-1 fourteen-inning win. Little did anyone realize at the time, that Ruth's thirteen shutout innings were the start of something much greater. He didn't pitch again in the short five-game Series, which was won by Boston. Two years later he took the mound for Game 1 of the 1918 World Series and blanked the Cubs 1-0. He followed that up with another seven shutout innings to start Game 4 before the Cubs scored two runs in the eighth to end the scoreless innings streak at 29 2/3 innings. That record stood until 1961, when it was broken by the Yankees' Whitey Ford, who set the new mark with 33 2/3 scoreless innings. T

Interestingly, the Red Sox played their home games at Braves Field during the 1916 World Series because the stadium had a greater seating capacity than Fenway Park. The ticket (1.5x3") displays a crease across the middle and some paper loss where the ticket was torn, while the grade is technically accurate, the pink ducat remains bright and the printing clear. An outstanding example of one of the most significant Babe Ruth tickets in the hobby. 

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