Today the World Series is a fantastic spectacle full of fanfare and ceremony, but back in 1903 when the first one was held, this is what you got; a rickety dugout that looked like it would collapse on you! This photo captures the Pittsburgh Pirates at the Huntington Avenue Grounds in Boston for the first ever World Series as they ready for the game. The dugout roof is sagging, but it provides just enough support for a cameraman to perch himself atop it, while the bats for the players lay open on the dirt. Manager Fred Clarke peeks around the corner while superstar Honus Wagner sits stoic behind the center pole. This is an incredibly important piece of photography that was made in the 1910's (silver gelatin and early paper stock) and represents one of the only images from the first World Series we have ever seen in any form. Condition and quality are both outstanding!
Designation: Vintage 2(b)
Overall Grade: 8.5/10