I am so tired of World Series reruns. Is that all ESPN and MLB keep in their archives? A handful of mostly Yankees games? I just want to see a game … a regular, any ol’ game. A game that will surprise me, not because it stands the test of time, but simply because it’s baseball.
Monday, May 4, 1903, Washington Senators at Boston Americans
The American and National Leagues would play the first-ever official World Series in October 1903.
But, on May 4, you couldn’t have guessed that the Boston Americans would win that Series.
First off, the squabbling National and American Leagues wouldn’t even agree to hold an interleague championship until August.
And, second, on May 4, the Boston Americans weren’t great. They weren’t even particularly good.
Coming off of a so-so 1902 season, the Americans (who wouldn’t be called the Red Sox until 1907) were 6-7 on May 4, mired in the middle of the pack and 2.5 games back of the White Sox. The Washington Senators were 2.5 games back, too. (The Senators would finish the season tied with the Cardinals for the worst record in baseball.)
It wasn’t a particularly news’y Monday, that May 4, but this Gold Medal Flour ad on page one of The Boston Globe caught my eye.
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