A 1910 advertisement for Smith-Kasson Shoes in Cincinnati.
“Each shoe so named by special permission of a Red”
The shoe lineup included the “Mike Mitchell,” the “Rowan,” for pitcher Jack Rowan, the “Mr. Gaspar,” “Mr. Beebe,” and “Fromme” for pitchers Harry Gaspar and Art Fromme. The “Egan,” for 2nd baseman Dick Egan, outfielder Bob Bescher was immortalized with the “Buster Bescher,” the “Hans Lobert” for third baseman Hans Lobert, and simply “Larry” for catcher Larry McLean.
“Every one of these swagger Oxfords is a hit with the bases full. Some seem to be home runs they have been such great hits.
“At Three-Ninety, you cannot find any Oxford within scoring distance of these.
“Long Larry (McLean), giving permission to name one after him said, ‘Hope you sell a million pairs.’
“We’ll not sell a million, but these nifty Oxfords are going on thousands of feet of the best dressers in Redland.
“They’re in Tan, Patent, (and) Gun Metal. Best have a look, one of them is bound to score on you.”
It’s unknown how well the line of shoes fared; their namesakes, stylish Oxfords and all, limped to a 75-79, fifth place finish.