From the Archives: The World Series

The Chicago Cubs haven’t played in a World Series since 1945 and it looks like they won’t get a chance this year. The New York Mets will play the Kansas City Royals in a match-up of two teams who didn’t exist in 1903 when the World Series began. For those of you who need to brush up on your baseball history, the University of Dayton Archives and Special Collections has several collections to fill in those gaps in your sports knowledge.

Former Dayton Daily News Sports Editor Si Burick covered numerous World Series games for The Dayton Daily News. The Si Burick papers highlight baseball, as well as other sports, from the late-1920’s to 1986. . In a career that spanned over 60 years, Burick covered baseball, football, horse racing and numerous Olympic Games. His collection includes books, articles, photographs and memorabilia.

Miriam Jacobs was born in Dayton a few years after the World Series as we know it was being played. Her collection of ‘Baseballiana’, as she called it, is held in the University of Dayton Archives and Special Collections. As a young girl, Miriam and her father would check the baseball scores on the radio and at neighborhood stores. She developed a lifelong passion for baseball and acquired her memorabilia and books through dealers, auctions and personal correspondence. She collected baseball cards, autographs, baseballs and books about baseball for most of her adult life.

For more information on these collections, contact Jennifer Brancato, University Archivist and Coordinator of Special Collections.

- Kristina Klepacz, Assistant University Archivist

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