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With commercial radio still in its infancy, most baseball fans in 1926 were content to await their next-morning daily newspapers to keep abreast of the goings-on. The more impatient devotees (especially bookies and their patrons), converged on sites offering instant telegraph reports…especially for the spectacle of a World Series. Well illustrating the frenzy is this original news photo – actually it’s a two-piece composite that was taken October 3rd, Opening Day of the 1926 World Series. Picturing a throng of enthusiasts (and others with vested interests) along San Francisco’s Mission Street, the photo was then modified with an inset view of the Chronicle’s “Playograph,” which served as a running box score of Game 1 in that Series. The inset view is pasted over the scene of the fans lining the street, and we note that the Cardinals are going into the 7th inning, trailing 2-1. The piece measures 6-3/4” x 11” (the pasted inset measures 3-3/4” x 6-1/2”), and the composite overall is about GD/VG – a couple vertical creases, but nothing that impairs either view. The reverse tells us little except for a stamp (“Local”) and the penciled caption “Crowds watching World Series games at Chronicle…10-3-26.” There was no further scoring in this, the first game of the Series. But we have it on good authority that St. Louis beat the Yankees in seven games in ‘26.
1926 News Service Photo – Fans Watching Telegraphed Report of World Series
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