The Cincinnati Reds trace their roots back to the 19th Century. After jumping ship from the American Association to the National League in 1890, it took the Reds nearly thirty years to win a championship, which came versus the "Black Sox" in the scandal tainted 1919 World Series. Cincinnati's next trip to the "Fall Classic" came in 1940, and this time there could be no doubt about the Reds supremacy. In a tight seven-game contest, the Reds outlasted a very talented Detroit Tigers team that featured Hall of Famers Charlie Gehringer, Hank Greenberg and Earl Averill in its lineup, along with a powerhouse pitching staff that included Hal Newhouser, "Schoolboy" Rowe, "Dizzy" Trout, "Bobo" Newsome and Tommy Bridges.
Recall the Reds first unsullied World Series championship, with this 1940 Game 7 ticket stub, issued at their home ballpark Crosley Field. Representing the Reds series clincher, this solid stub has a handsome obverse presenting VG-EX details, with bold graphics and a clean surface, with deference to some very light creasing near the right end; however the reverse side is affected by surface paper loss and album paper/adhesive residue around the perimeter. Winning pitcher Paul Derringer held off the potent Tigers offense, allowing just one run, while the Reds rallied in the 7th inning to take a 2-1 lead, that held up in a game timed at a swift 1 hour and 47 minutes.