The weeks before Opening Day 2008 were marked by many things: giddiness, anticipation and the consumption of baseball books. This year is going to feature a similar spike.

Bob Ryan’s look at the 1903 showdown between the Boston Americans and the Pittsburg Pirates is an engaging read for baseball fans, especially Sox fans like myself. It’s a niche audience, though, and those who have only passing interest in the game or team will be terribly bored.

But I’m a dork. That’s why I’ve filed away the fact that Series was won on Oct. 13, 1903, with a 3-0 Boston win in front of less than 8,000 fans because there were a ton of scalpers around.

I mean…what?