With the Blackhawks back in the Stanley Cup Final I decided to rehash an item I posted awhile back. Over the years I had overlooked these two little tickets because they looked like something you would get at a local festival when you want to go on a ride. It wasn’t until I took a closer look that I realized what exactly these stubs were for… Game 1 of the 1934 Stanley Cup Series.
These tickets are a great example of the growth in popularity of hockey over the years. Back then hockey was the redheaded stepchild of the American sports world. Unlike World Series tickets from that era (see these Cubs World Series tickets) the Stanley Cup Final’s tickets were nothing special. Like their roots, this was the blue collar no thrills sport and the tickets reflected it. It was all about the game, so why bother making some fancy-pants souvenir. As a matter of fact, if my Grandfather hadn’t penciled in “1934” I would have had to guess when these were from. Also, check out that price, and remember that ticket price wasn’t for just a normal season game.
That series also has some interesting history. It was the Blackhawks’ first time they brought home The Cup. In game one, which was played April 3rd (not June), Chicago beat the Red Wings 2 to 1 in double overtime. Chicago won the series 3-1, and the last game was also won in double OT with a score of 1 to nothing. The hero being their team Captain and goalie Chuck Gardiner (the only goalie Captain engraved on The Cup). Sadly, the Scottish born Gardiner didn’t get to enjoy the taste of victory for long and died of a brain hemorrhage only two months later. He was 29.
I was really surprised when I figured out what these were from. Better late than never, which could have easily happened if I hadn’t been paying attention. They are so small and common looking that I could have easily tossed these into the trash. That would have been truly a loss.
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