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Back at our 2013 LIVE Auction, held in Chicago, we unveiled what was believed to be the only 1906 World Series ticket in existence. Marked in period handwriting, "Oct. 14, 06 / Sox 8 Cubs 3," the elite entrance pass hailed from the deciding Game 6 at the White Sox' South Side Park, and it generated a flurry of bidding action en route to a final value of more than $10,000.
Then, in our February 2014 auction, we had the unexpected pleasure of offering two more never-before-seen '06 Fall Classic examples—one likewise from South Side Park, plus a counterpart from Game 3 at the Cubs' West Side Park (also over $10,000).
Now, it is with distinct pride that we round out this gold rush by presenting perhaps the most exciting discovery of them all: A ticket triumvirate of ALL THREE CONTESTS at West Side Park. Needless to say, as an Illinois-based company with strong Cubs and Sox allegiances, we couldn't be more thrilled to offer such a groundbreaking find to the hobby at large and especially all the advanced ticket enthusiasts out there!
Measuring approximately 2" x 3-1/4", each rarefied relic demonstrates sensational visual appeal, colorful surfaces and bold print graphics. Condition is as follows: Game 1 (Opening Game) - VG/EX with left-edge wear and a few small negligible surface wrinkles. Game 2 (Game 3 overall) - Crisp, clean Near Mint. Game 3 (Game 5 overall) - VG to VG/EX with two discreet diagonal creases and a few tiny spots of surface wear.
That first intracity (and only all-Chicago) World Series pitted the powerhouse Cubs against the dark-horse White Sox. Frank Chance's North Siders had dominated the N.L. in batting, fielding and pitching while amassing a 116-36 regular-season record that today still ranks as the greatest winning percentage in baseball history (.763). Fielder Jones' South Siders had snuck their way into the Fall Classic with 93 wins despite posting the lowest team batting average ever for a pennant-winning ballclub (.230). In one dugout: Tinker to Evers to Chance. In the other: A ragtag crew dubbed "The Hitless Wonders." This was David versus Goliath, and the Windy City was foaming at the mouth. Once the Pale Hose clinched their World Series berth, the Tribune reported, "Last night Chicago was baseball mad. Men stood and cheered in elevated trains when the news was passed along that the Sox were safe and that Chicago had two pennants—and the world's championship." City unity soon gave way to bitter rivalry, though, as bar fights and crime escalated.
On October 9th, businesses shut down and City Hall closed its doors in advance of the hotly anticipated Opening Day action. Games 1, 3 and 5 went to the Sox, Games 2 and 4 to the Cubs, with all five of those initial contests being road victories. Then, in Game 6 before a home crowd at South Side Park, it was goodbye Hitless Wonders, hello Hitting Wonders. The White Sox unloaded for 14 hits and 8 runs—mainly against Cubs ace Three-Finger Brown, no less—in a defiant romp to earn the world championship title. Pandemonium broke loose both on the field (where fans swarmed) and in the streets (where bonfires blazed throughout the night). As for the vanquished Cubs, Frank Chance had only sour grapes for his crosstown foes: "There is one thing I will never believe, and that is the Sox are better than the Cubs."