In the realms of since-razed baseball diamonds, early Fall Classic showdowns and vintage stadium-issued programs, one would be hard pressed to unearth a survivor as nice as this 1926 World Series program. Issued at St. Louis’ Sportsman’s Park for Game 5 of the series between the Cardinals and New York Yankees, this 16-page guide features team composite photos and scoring grids marked to detail the Yankees’ 3-2 10-inning triumph. With covers/pages intact, this one is free of any compacting folds found on most examples. More on our website.
As stated in our catalog description, this is a decidedly well-preserved October keepsake with covers and crisp pages intact. The overwhelming majority of stadium-issued guides from that era have fallen prey to compacting folds. Not this one! Added appeal is inherent in that this was the Cardinals’ first Fall Classic appearance and also the first-ever Series in which a team with less than 90 regular-season wins was able to advance (St. Louis won 89 games in 1926). The team composite photos are breathtaking, with the Yankees page portraying a youthful Lou Gehrig, Hall of Famers Lazzeri, Hoyt, Combs and Pennock; and, of course, the unmistakable Babe Ruth. The Cardinals likenesses provide a stark contrast with veterans Hornsby and Alexander among the notables. League and team executives are pictured, as well. The scoring grids were marked that day in blue ink, documenting a 3-2 Yankees win in which the visitors tied the game with a run in the ninth and scored the winning run in the top of the 10th as Tony Lazzeri’s sacrifice fly plated Mark Koenig. The win gave New York a 3-2 series advantage. But St. Louis won the next two games at Yankee Stadium, with Babe Ruth being thrown out on an attempted steal (representing the would-be tying run) to end game 7.