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Lost Advertisements–“Zim Says It’s a Hit”

8 May

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A 1912 advertisement for Ever-Ready Safety Razor featuring Chicago Cubs star Henry “Heinie” Zimmerman.

“Ever-Ready is my motto.  My bat is ever-ready and I use “Ever-Ready” Safety Razor because it is always ready, sharp, cuts clean, works in a jiffy.  It makes a bit hit with me.  Try it boys.”

The 1917 World Series, which the White Sox won 4 games to 2, was the low point of Zimmerman’s career.  Now playing for the Giants, the former Cub had once said: “I’d rather play in hell than in Comiskey Park.”  White Sox fans did not let him forget it.  Called “The sassiest and most ill-tempered player in the game,” by a wire service article before the series which also said, “Can you imagine what he will endure when the W.S. takes place?”

He did endure a lot.  Zimmerman was jeered by Sox fans throughout the series.  He hit .120, committed three errors, and was undeservedly blamed for a botched rundown when Rube Benton and Walter Holke failed to cover the plate, and the Sox’ fleet second baseman Eddie Collins beat the slower Zimmerman in a footrace home, scoring the winning run in game 6.