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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

"We're Talkin' Base-ball" 50 or more years ago...

To say I am a fair-weather-fan is kind of an understatement. I have been a fan of numerous teams, not only in baseball, but in other team sports as well.  I don't really follow the star players, or the underdog, truthfully, I just like to watch a good game.

But I do like the hoopla and the marketing of icons of the game
I'm not sure what he's calling here, could be "OUUUT!" He also may have just been hit by a foul tip. As a part of the Burroughs collection, some of these are straight out of the file listed "baseball." He could have made it easier for me, but not much.
This was one of the earliest Sports Illustrated editions. #31 before the magazine was a year old. Before this the stars of the game were wooed by advertisers for likely and unlikely products. Like Joe Dimaggio:

This was a clipping from a cigarette ad, I think he was know as "The Yankee Clipper" or "Joltin' Joe" but it seems to me that "Smokin' Joe" would have fit, too.
This 1928 ad featuring Babe Ruth is one of my favorites:
I wonder if he wrote that letter or the advertiser did it for him. I especially like that it was written in his "voice," maybe he did write it:
 Last but not least, I will leave your with this cover from Elks Magazine also from 1928. I picture that except for the style of clothing, fans pretty much still look this way.

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