Mastro April 2006
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The game of baseball hasn't changed much in the past 100 years, nor has the way spectators enter most stadiums. In order to reach one's seats, a fan must first pass through the traditional turnstile, such as the one offered here from the early days of old Comiskey Park, home of the Chicago White Sox. Dating from the 1910 era, it was a turnstile such as this that fans shuffled through to see the likes of Eddie Collins, Red Faber, Ray Schalk, Shoeless Joe Jackson and Ed Walsh take the field. Fans wishing to see all of the eight men out got in thru this turnstile. This original and massive crowd control device stands 40" high. Resting atop the fully functioning object is an exposed five-wheeled metal counter which clicks over a new number with each turn of the four-piece gate. (Each section measures 17-1/8" in length). The post rests on a 15"-diameter semicircular base, which features four holes that would have enabled maintenance crews to securely fasten the turnstile to the ground. The item also is designed with a pedal that allows one to "unlock" the gate, thus permitting it to freely spin. Heavily painted and repainted through the decades, it currently carries that familiar shade of old Comiskey Park green. As unique a Sox conversation piece as a Southsider could find! Please note: Due to the size and/or weight of this lot, the cost of shipping may be substantial.
Circa 1910 Early Comiskey Park Turnstile
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