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WHY WAS THE BUFFALO NICKEL ON THE 1936 WORLD SERIES PROGRAM COVER?Last week Jeff Reichenberger wrote:
My favorite baseball / numismatic ephemera combination comes in published form. The 1936 World Series featured cross town rivals, the New York Giants against the New York Yankees.
But the real star of the series (at least in my eyes) was the 1936 World Series Official Program, which featured cover art prominently displaying the reverse of the buffalo nickel.
Bill Malkmus writes:
Jeff Reichenberger's comments on the 1936 World Series program made me perk up. I suspect other elderly expatriate New Yorkers will comment, but just in case (since Mr. Reichenberger wondered "what may have inspired his choice of the buffalo nickel"):
The 1936 Series (N. Y. Giants vs N. Y. Yankees) was one of the so-called "subway series" (since New Yorkers could attend all games via the subway, for the then-current five-cent fare, represented by a Buffalo nickel in 1936).
Not too earth-shaking, but 70-plus years later, some subtleties can get lost.
David Lange also had the correct answer. He writes:
It was a "subway series" between two New York teams. In those days the subway fare was still five cents, hence the nickel.
A reader asked where we could read Jeff's full article on baseball and numismatics, but he writes:
It hasn't been published yet. But I'll be happy to send anyone the full article for review.
So if you're interested in the full article, let me know and I'll put you in touch with Jeff. -Editor
Ginger Rapsus adds:
I am a baseball fan, too (go, White Sox!) and I enjoyed the piece on the 1936 World Series program. Back on July 1, 1980, the 70th anniversary of Comiskey Park, there were a few items of interest to collectors. Fans could enter the park and pay old-time prices.
A silver dime bought a hot dog and a small soft drink. A silver quarter bought a general admission ticket. A silver half dollar paid for a box seat. A special commemorative medal was given out to the first 15,000 fans entering the park that night. I attended the game, and the Angels beat the Sox...but it was a fun night!
Wayne Homren, Editor
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