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Lost Advertisements–Louisville Slugger, New Finish…Adds Punch to Hits

19 Feb

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April 1930 advertisement for Louisville Slugger, featuring Hall of Famers Al Simmons, Jimmy Foxx and Mel Ott.

“Here are new reasons for using Louisville Slugger Bats–three new Autograph Models and a new finish that increases the Wallop in every hit.  The bats used by Foxx and Simmons, noted sluggers of the World Champion Athletics, and Ott, third on the National League sluggers list, have been added to the Louisville Slugger Autograph Line.  These players have used Louisville Sluggers in piling up their great records and now we make available to all ballplayers their own particular bat models, with their signatures, and our BONE-RUBBED trademark burned into the barrels”

 

Lost Advertisements–Joe “Ducky” Medwick

16 Jan

medwickadA 1937 Williams “Twin-Action” Shaving Cream ad featuring that year’s National League Most Valuable Player, Joe Medwick.

“Like thousands of men everywhere,” Medwick discovered that Williams’ “takes all the ‘starch’ out of tough whiskers.”

1937 was Medwick’s best season, he won the triple crown with 31 home runs (tied with Mel Ott), 154 RBIs and a .374 average;  he also led the league in games, at bats, hits, doubles,  and total bases.

Medwick was never popular among baseball writers, or really anyone for that matter; in 1942 Dizzy Dean called him “The most unpopular athlete who visits Sportsman’s Park.  Not only among fans, but also among players.”

Medwick was not elected to the Hall 0f Fame until 1968.  Upon his election a United Press International article by Milton Richman said:

“He was opinionated and argumentative.  He’d as soon pop one of his own teammates on the button as someone from the other club.  He wasn’t the most popular boy in the fraternity.”

Dean was among Medwick’s “own teammates” who he once “popped.”