World Series Pictures in Play

Poster shows two baseball players from the Chicago White Stockings(?) championship team.

Chicago's US Champions, 1876. Poster by J.S. Thompson & Co. //

Fans of the photos we share through the Library of Congress Flickr account have expressed interest recently in the Bain News Service’s coverage of the 1914 World Series which appear in our photostream. It certainly is timely as the World Series starts tonight pitting the St. Louis Cardinals against the Texas Rangers in a best-of-seven games contest. Even before the first World Series in 1903, there was abiding interest in determining which club was baseball’s best as evidenced by this 1876 poster shown above celebrating the Chicago team’s accomplishment. Whether you’re a die-hard enthusiast or just a casual fan, let’s shake hands before the opening pitch and watch as the best teams in baseball battle it out!

Babe Ruth shaking hands with George Sisler and Ty Cobb.

Three Base Ball Stars Here for the World Series. L. to R: George Sisler, Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb, October 4, 1924. Photo by National Photo Company. //

Learn More:

Meet the baseball legends of yesteryear in a Library of Congress treasure trove — the collection of early Baseball Cards, consisting of 2,100 early baseball cards dating from 1887 to 1914.

See some 200 World Series pictures in the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog.

View the Baseball Americana set of pictures on Flickr which illustrates how baseball came to be known as the “national pastime” in the United States. Also, the Bain News Service photographs in Flickr offer hundreds of baseball images.

Relive even more days of splendor on the grass with Historic Baseball Resources at the Library of Congress.

Acquaint yourself with the rationale behind the Library of Congress Photos on Flickr which offers us an opportunity to share some of our most popular images with a vibrant visual community.

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