Thursday, March 19, 2015

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Baseball Players To Invade Ireland

What a better way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day than to look back at some early clippings about baseball and Ireland?

Boston Journal - January 11, 1911

A few years ago I used the following wire story.  This one has a bit more info.

Baltimore American - November 5, 1917

And an attempt at humor.

The Times-Picayune - August 4, 1922

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Monday, March 16, 2015

The Jolly Jumpers

The Stripper's Guide's entry for Jolly Jumpers gives a nice overview of Harrison Cady's Sunday comic strip.  Cady was probably best known for his work on Peter Rabbit.

But in 1913 The Jolly Jumpers were engaged in a series of great baseball games.  "...the whole feature is brimful of rollicking good nature and clean fun."

Denver Rocky Mountain News - May 31, 1913

Augusta Chronicle - June 1, 1913

Don't you love it when frogs and rabbits play baseball?

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Friday, March 6, 2015

Baseball and Ice Cream

Many people associate popcorn or Cracker Jacks with baseball, and rightly so. But what about ice cream and baseball?

We see from this ca. 1905 photo that the two are linked.  Literally.
On the beach at Atlantic City, N.J.
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The players and even an umpire profess to liking it over other forms of enjoyment.

Plain Dealer - February 9, 1911
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In 1917 Telling's Ice Cream was sold exclusively at the Cleveland Baseball Park.

Plain Dealer - May 20, 1917
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Drugstore with Soda Fountain
possibly Detroit, Michigan
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The baseball craze spilled over to named confections.

The following drugstore soda fountain recipes are from various publications at Google Books.

The National Druggist - July 1917

The Bulletin of Pharmacy - April 1917

The Dispenser's Formulary - 1915

American Druggist and Pharmaceutical Record - June 1915