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Oct. 1, 1903 - The first modern World Series took place between the Boston Pilgrims and the Pittsburgh Pirates.

This aerial view shows the Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds during  the first World Series game between the Boston Pilgrims and the Pittsburgh Pirates in Boston, Ma., on Oct. 1, 1903.   The Pirates defeated the Pilgrims in game one, 7-3.  Boston went on to win the first American League versus the National League World Series, five games to three.  (AP Photo)

On this day in 1903, the Boston Americans won their first World Series against the Pittsburgh Pirates.  The World Series was held at the Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds pictured here.

A few things have changed in Boston Baseball since 1903! Today, if you go to a Red Sox game, you might sing Sweet Caroline. In 1903, you would have heard the Royal Rooters, a group of loyal Boston fans, lead the crowd in “Tessie,” a popular song from a 1902 Broadway musical. 

In 1907, the Americans were re-named the Red Sox, because of the red hose that was part of the uniform. And a few years later, in 1912, they left the Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds for Fenway Park.

Though Boston’s baseball team has seen a name change, a venue change, and a song change, one thing that hasn’t changed is the loyalty of their fans!