Tag Archives: Lost Advertisements

Lost Advertisements: Jimmy Foxx for Old Gold

1 Feb

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A 1930 ad for Old Gold Cigarettes feature Jimmy Foxx.  The ad was part of a series of ads drawn by Robert Ripley of “Believe it or Not” fame entitled “They Gave a New Thrill,” that featured people who achieved “Fast success” in their field:

“‘Look at those shoulders! That boy’s a natural-born batting wonder.  No more coddling or training could make a fence-buster like that!’

“Jimmy Foxx was just a rookie when canny Connie Mack gave him that size-up. Four years later he was crowding the swat kings of both leagues for the batting championship.”

Lost Advertisements: George Mullin for Coca-Cola

18 Jan

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A 1910 advertisement for Coca-Cola featuring Tigers Pitcher George Mullin:

“Who led the American League pitchers in 1909 with a percentage of .784 likes and drinks Coca-Cola.”

Mullin led the pennant-winning Tigers with a 29-8 record and was 2-1 against the Pirates in the World Series, won by Pittsburgh in seven game.

“Now here is one of our best professional athletes who makes Coca-Cola his steady beverage.  It takes a clear eye–steady nerves and good brain to make good in athletics.  Are you an athlete–amatuer or professional? You will like Coca-Cola.”

The wildly superstitious Mullin went on to win 228 major league games over 14 seasons in the American League and Federal League.

 

Lost Advertisements: “When Ty Cobb Faces Walter Johnson”

11 Jan

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A 1920 advertisement for Absorbine Jr. from the Wilbur F. Young Company–Absorbine was developed in 1892 to treat sore and lame horses–the human version, “Jr.” was introduced in 1903.

“It is a battle of muscles as much as brain.  The big league ‘stars’ take care of their muscles, especially their ‘salary wings’ with Absorbine Jr.”

The ad quotes Johnson–and oddly, given the headline, “Joe Jackson, Cincinnati Nationals [sic].

Says Johnson:

“Absorbine Jr. is a first-class liniment and rub-down for tired muscles.  I have used it myself to advantage and can heartily recommend it to ballplayers everywhere.”

Jackson says:

“I find Absorbine Jr. to be an excellent rub-down after violent exercise, and also a good liniment for loosening up stiff muscles.”

The W. F. Young Company is still producing animal care products and Absorbine Jr. is still produced–now by Clarion Brands.

Lost Advertisements: The Choice of World’s Champions

31 Dec

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A 1929 advertisement for Mail Pouch Chewing Tobacco Heinie Manush of the St. Louis Browns, “Runner up…in the 1928 race for American batting honors,” and Goose Goslin of the Washington Senators, “”who topped all American League players in batting last year.”

“I”d as soon go out on the field without my glove as with a handy package of Mail Pouch,’ says Goose Goslin.”

“And Hank Manush who batted close on his heels says: ‘Mail Pouch is big league tobacco.'”

 

 

 

Lost Advertisements: “The Braves Wear Cat’s Paw”

21 Dec

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A 1914 advertisement for The Foster Rubber Company, Cat’s Paw Rubber Heels, featuring members of the World Champion Boston Braves:

“Pennant winners must have sound legs and steady nerves.”

Johnny Evers:

“The change from spiked shoes into street shoes that have Cat;’s Paw Rubber Heels. The heels make walking on cement a pleasure–and ten percent easier on the feet and legs.”

Bill James:

“I’m more afraid of a slippery sidewalk than a pair of flying spikes.”

Rabbit Maranvile:

“I have to use spikes for speed on the field; for comfort on unyielding sidewalks and pavements I use Cat’s Paw Rubber Heels.  They’re great.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lost Advertisements–Falstaff Game of the Day

23 Nov

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A 1952 advertisement for the Falstaff Game of the Day over the Mutual Broadcasting Network:

“Falstaff brings you Dizzy Dean–baseball’s most colorful and exciting commentator!  Al Helfer, regular Falstaff–Mutual Network announcer…Diz will be teamed with Al for many of these exciting Major League broadcasts.”

 

Lost Advertisements: Designed by Babe Ruth

16 Nov

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“Here they are for you fellows,” a 1927 ad for “The Babe Ruth Home Run Specials” from Reach:

“At Last–every fellow who plays ball can have the kind of mitt or glove he’s always wanted.  Not small size, shoddy gloves.  Not the cheap-looking, cheap-wearing kids that go to pieces in a single season.  But Full-sized Big League gloves.”

The Babe Ruth Specials retailed from $3.50 to $5.00  The catcher’s mitt was $8.

Lost Advertisements: Satch’s Palm Springs No-Show

13 Jul

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An advertisement for the October 1950 game between Bob Lemon‘s All-Stars and Satchel Paige‘s All-Stars at Polo Grounds in Palm Springs–later the Spring Training home of the Los Angeles Angels–both the Pacific Coast League and American League clubs, currently known as Palm Springs Stadium.

According to The Desert Sun, Paige instead “(A)ccepted a lucrative offer to pitch a series of Hawaii exhibition games,” and failed to appear in Palm Springs.

Just 639 fans came out to watch Lemon and a team comprised of Indians teammates and PCL players beat the Paige-less Kansas City Royals 9 to 3.

The most notable aspect of the game was Indians second baseman Ray Boone had his wrist broken with a pitch in the first inning–Boone who hit .301 for Cleveland in 1950, hit just .233 in 1951 after the injury.

Lost Advertisements: Jesse Haines, Mail Pouch Tobacco

6 Jul

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“You don’t get tired of Mail Pouch.” 1930 advertisement for Mail Pouch Tobacco featuring St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jesse Haines.

In 1927, on his way to his best season–24-10, 2.72 ERA–soon to be 33-years old-Haines won his first five decisions.  Lynn Carlisle “L.C.” Davis, sports columnist and “resident bard” of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote “An Appreciation” to commemorate Haines’ fast start:

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L.C. Davis

Old Jesse Haines is going great,

More honor to his name!

The grand old man has won five straight

And hasn’t lost a game.

That good old Jess can win em all,

The patrons don’t expect;

But with his famous knuckle ball

The batters can’t connect.

Whenever Jess is on the hill

Or so-called pitching mound,

In lieu of landing on the pill,

The air the batters pound.

In fact the Red Bird’s pitching staff

Is pretty hard to beat.

Into the foe they ease the gaff

In manner that is neat.

Lost Advertisements: Independence Day–National Foundation Baseball Day

4 Jul

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A 1959 advertisement for The National Foundation–originally the National Foundation for Infant Paralysis founded by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1938, and better known for by the name coined by actor Eddie Cantor for their primary fundraising campaign, the March of Dimes.

“Help strike out polio,arthritis, virus diseases, birth defects”

Professional and amateur teams raised money an awareness for polio– there were more new cases of paralytic polo in 1959 than any year since the Salk vaccine was introduced in 1955.

Several professional teams pledged to donate a portion of the 4th of July gate, as they had in 1958–the ad for the 1958 “National Foundation Baseball Day”is below.

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