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Monday, July 9, 2012

1916 World Series champion Red Sox at Lighthouse Park

As a sports promoter, New Haven native George Weiss was part magician, part bulldog and totally brilliant.

How else could one explain Weiss enticing the Boston Red Sox to come to Lighthouse Park to play an exhibition game against the semi-pro New Haven Colonials — a mere three days after clinching the 1916 World Series championship?

Weiss, a New Haven High (later named Hillhouse) graduate, would go on to be the general manager of the New York Yankees. But in 1916, he was a 21-year old Yale drop-out with a savvy business sense and rising reputation.

After a brief negotiation with Weiss, Boston arrived on Oct. 15. Most of the regulars, in need of another pay day, were present. The Sox would pitch their ace, a budding 21-year-old named Babe Ruth.

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