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16,242 fans attended the first World Series game.

The first “modern” World Series game, that is. While October 1, 1903, is certainly historic—that day at the Huntington Avenue Grounds in Beantown, the Boston Americans (predecessors of the Red Sox) took on the Pittsburgh Nationals (more often called the Pirates) in Game 1 of the ’03 series—similar world championships had been played annually between 1884 and 1890. John Thorn, Major League Baseball’s official historian, explains: “1903 was the first series between the two leagues that exist today: the National League and the American League. At that time, it was simply an agreement between two pennant-winning teams, not a binding arrangement, which came in 1905.” Pittsburgh pulled off a 7-to-3 win over Boston in that first matchup, but went on to lose the best-of-nine series five games to three. Thorn credits Boston’s pitching. “They had Cy Young,” he says, “but he wasn’t the hero. It was Bill Dinneen, who won three games.” As they say, the rest is history.  

 

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