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The ballparks section leads into the section on postseason play. A whole wall commemorates the 1903 Series, the first one ever played. The picture is of the crowds swarming onto the Huntington Avenue Grounds.

The 1903 World Series

The next picture shows the ball Boston's Bill Dineen used to strike out Pittsburgh's Honus Wagner for the final out of the 1903 Series.

The final ball

There were no rings or trophies for winning the World Series during the Red Sox' first five Championships. The picture on the left below was one of the medals awarded to the victorious Boston Americans by the Boston Globe in 1903. On the right is the watch that A.L. president Ban Johnson awarded to Harry Frazee after defeating the National League's Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1916 World Series.

1903 medal 1916 watch

The first few times I went to the Hall of Fame, I pretty much lost interest in the postseason play exhibit after the 1910's, but for some reason, in 2005, it was the first place I wanted to go! There was a large display of memorabilia from the 2004 World Series, including bats used by Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez, jerseys worn by David Ortiz and Derek Lowe, dirt from the pitcher's mound in St. Louis, and the piece de resistance, Curt Schilling's bloody sock from Game 2 of the World Series.

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