From SABR member Todd Radom at SportingNews.com on April 3, 2015:
Baseball’s Opening Day has always been a holiday of sorts, and the visual history of Opening Day tickets has often reflected the special nature of the occasion. Tickets are now nearly universally utilitarian in nature — 1) download a PDF containing a unique barcode, 2) print at home on an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of paper, 3) discard on the way out of the ballpark. Or, even worse, scan a barcode on your phone and move along.
It wasn’t always that way. The following images deliver us to a very different time and place. These tickets not only got you into the ballpark, but they were worth saving after the day was over. They evoke memories — of seasons that turned out to be epic, of seasons that were wholly forgettable; memories of who the lucky ticketholder might have gone to the game with, memories of a day spent playing hooky from school or work.
Originally published: April 3, 2015. Last Updated: April 3, 2015.