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This exhaustive and utterly profound bound volume of Boston Red Sox (nee Americans) ownership records from 1901-1916 includes historical baubles such as the original certificate of incorporation "to promote, manage and conduct the game of base-ball", and the December 5, 1916 lease with Fenway Park for a 20-year, $275,000 mortgage signed by owner Joseph Lannin and four co-owners, his 3 brothers and the one and only Harry Frazee -- who would buy out Lannin that same year, leading to the cursed decision to sell Babe Ruth to the Yankees in 1920. The signatures of these two pivotal figures in "Sox Nation" annals are perfect 10s in black fountain pen. Before Frazee came into the picture, the documents show, there was vicious infighting for control of the club in the early 1910s. Board of directors meetings regarding team bylaws and stock values are held under the ownership of Charles Taylor, the Boston Globe owner who bought the club in 1904 and named his son John president (and changed the club's name to the Red Sox as well as breaking ground on Fenway Park), until 1915 when father and son resign from the board in brief letters, paving the way for Lannin to buy them out. Lannin's nepotism creates three board positions for his brothers. Both Taylors' signatures are plentiful and splendid, as are the Lannins'. Only by combing through the documents can one get the nuances of the power struggle, and for Red Sox historians and all baseball students such a journey would reap much enlightenment about the ins and outs of this star-crossed team. All documents are excellent with only a touch of browned edges. Bound in a handsome blue looseleaf book. Unexpurgated history, and reams of it. Formerly of the Barry Halper Collection.
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