The Price of History Vol. XII: Nuf Ced

Redsttockings Readers of this site know we keep an eye on the auction market, not so much as purchasers, but as connoisseurs of material that might not otherwise appear in public. The latest Robert Edwards sale, which runs online through the 28th, is particularly rewarding. Sox fans will find an especially rich trove (though Yankees memorabilia is, as ever, best represented), including the 1874 cigar box pictured above, now selling at a mild $200. More interesting, certainly, is the collection of material documenting the Roxbury Rooters, Boston’s bleacher creatures of the early 20th century. The Rooters were led by Mike "Nuf Ced" MeGreevy, owner of the 3rd Base Tavern, yesteryear’s Cask & Flagon. 3rd_bse A Photo Album showing the 3rd Base Tavern and Nuf Ced (Here, "Nuff Said") Horn The Royal Rooters Megaphone

Another Beantown item of note: A particularly beautiful (and rare) 1911 Boston Garter baseball card of Cincinnatti’s Bob Bescher in a state of undress (but wearing his garters, of course): Boston_garter Topps won’t be doing a set like this anytime soon. Some of the other items up for grabs, with their current bids: 1838 Philadelphia Olympics Team Charter: $55K 1886-89 Old Judge Card Set: $55K 1910 Die-Cut Honus Wagner: $3.5K 1914 Babe Ruth Rookie Card: $150K 1927 WS Press Pin: $2.5K 1936 WS tickets signed by Joe D.: 1.9K 1959 Mickey Mantle Good Behavior Contract Rider: $1.2K 1946 Babe Ruth postcard from Acapulco: $1.6 It’s free to look.

16 comments… add one
  • Great post.

    jim - YF April 23, 2007, 3:21 pm
  • Does that mean my sock garters are out of date?

    I'm Bill McNeal April 23, 2007, 3:24 pm
  • Good stuff. The megaphone is vastly underused in today’s professional sporting events. Imagine how obnoxious the Fenway Faithful could be if they were screaming into one of those cone things instead of just…screaming.

    desturbd1 April 23, 2007, 3:24 pm
  • The stories of the Royal Rooters and the pre- and early-Fenway crowds are amazing and bizarre. Thousands of fans on the field, lining the perimeter of the infield and crowding in the edges of the outfield.
    At one point, I think in 1912, crowds at Fenway for the Series knocked down a fence and rioted all over the field before the game, requiring players and police alike to grab baseball bats and beat them off the field. Before the 1912 Wood-Johnson showdown at Fenway, so many fans packed the place they formed a ring around Wood to watch him warm up in foul territory.
    Great times.

    Paul SF April 23, 2007, 3:34 pm
  • “At one point, I think in 1912, crowds at Fenway for the Series knocked down a fence and rioted all over the field before the game, requiring players and police alike to grab baseball bats and beat them off the field.”
    Tessie, anyone?
    “The Rooters showed up at the grounds one day
    Found their seats had all been sold
    McGreevy led the charge into the park
    Stormed the gates and put the game on hold”
    Heh, Dropkick’s awesome. Though that song did get kinda old…

    desturbd1 April 23, 2007, 3:38 pm
  • i’m auctioning off some wool from the sheep who used to mow fenways grass. bidding starts at 1.5k. i’ll also be selling a shovel that may, or may have not, been used to clean up after said sheep. serious bidders only.

    sf rod April 23, 2007, 4:16 pm
  • Speaking of throwback baseball, anyone out there going to catch Oil Can Boyd’s Traveling All Stars?
    http://www.cuttersbaseball.com/news/?id=7361
    I might try to make it up to New Haven, if I can.

    Tyrel SF April 23, 2007, 4:26 pm
  • Actually, D1, that was a different time, if you can believe it. The selling of their tickets took place in 1915 or 1916. “Red Sox Century” is just an awesome book. I want to get the updated post-2000 version, but it’s expensive…

    Paul SF April 23, 2007, 4:37 pm
  • Wow. So two different riots…that’s hilarious. And people think our fans are obnoxious now?
    I’d like to go to one of Boyd’s games, too; Sam Horn is his DH! Don’t think I’ll be able too, though…

    desturbd1 April 23, 2007, 4:45 pm
  • “Good stuff. The megaphone is vastly underused in today’s professional sporting events. Imagine how obnoxious the Fenway Faithful could be if they were screaming into one of those cone things instead of just…screaming.”
    rumor has it that the d-rays are handing out cowbells to 10,000 people tonight. so says peter abraham.

    Yankee Fan In Boston April 23, 2007, 4:47 pm
  • So that’s what, 6000 cowbells for Yankee fans, 2000 cowbells for Rays fans and they return 2000 cowbells?

    LocklandSF April 23, 2007, 4:53 pm
  • “Red Sox Century” is just an awesome book.
    i met glenn stout at a bar watching a yankees/sox game a few years ago. he was a really nice guy. we just started talking about the game, i mentioned that he seemed to know his stuff. he says, “i’d better. i just finished a book on these guys.” he said it in a sincere way, verbally crossing his fingers.

    Yankee Fan In Boston April 23, 2007, 4:53 pm
  • i was thinking the same thing, lockland sf.

    Yankee Fan In Boston April 23, 2007, 4:54 pm
  • How cool, YFiB. It’s a terrific read. I read it once after I got it as a birthday present in high school. Having forgotten most of it, I’m rereading it and just loving the pre-Depression (of course, for the Sox, the Depression began in 1919 and lasted until 1941) stories.

    Paul SF April 23, 2007, 5:12 pm
  • I fell in love with the stories that Joe Wood, Harry Hooper, Fred Snodgrass, Sam Jones et. al. told about the Sox and other teams of the 1912 (and before) era in Larry Ritter’s “The Glory of Their Times”.
    Funny thing, THEY were down on Harry Frazee (not so much for trading the Babe, but for selling off everyone else) and they were there – whereas Stout sweats bullets to exonerate Frazee with high dudgeon for all those who might disagree.
    I admit that that bugged me about the “RS Century”, but yes, otherwise it was a great book.
    I still can’t go to Fenway without thinking how great it is to sit in the same ballpark where Smoky Joe Wood beat Walter Johnson in 1912 – the year that BOTH of them won 16 games in a row without a loss………………..

    dabize April 23, 2007, 5:56 pm
  • Don’t forget the film “Royal Rooters – History of Red Sox Nation.” It was on NESN and I think it’s out on DVD. They had footage of Michael “NUF CED” McGreevey. Incredible.

    Barry Feldman April 11, 2008, 4:56 pm

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