In 1903, the Boston Americans of the newly formed American League and the Pittsburgh Pirates of the National League played the first World Series. The Boston Americans won the series 5 games to 3, giving legitimacy to the new American League. Boston's players included Cy Young.
The crowd overflowed onto the outfield and scaled walls just to see the game.
The success of the first world series put Baseball on the front page of newspapers for the first time and moved it from a past-time favored nationally to America's sport.
NPR Host Bob Edwards talks with Historian Louis P. Masur about his new book, Autumn Glory: Baseball's First World Series.