Thursday, April 9, 2009

Vintage Thursday Thingie: Play Ball! Baseball Books

Baseball season opened this week so I thought I'd share a treasure from our Baseball Book Shelf.

This collection of Official Baseball Stat guides was collected by my Dad and given by him to our son: a baseball stat lover who is building his own collection of baseball stat books (he started in 4th grade!) This is the oldest book on the shelf: 1942, during WWII-there was still baseball!

This is the back cover: check out An American's Creed and the bottom left corner-Buy United States Defense Savings Bonds and Stamps.

Besides pages and pages of baseball stats, both for the previous year and historical stats, there are wonderful pictures of then in-use baseball stadiums! Wasn't the Detroit stadium beautiful!

And in Philly, my husband remembers going to games here:

The ads had a wonderful baseball flavor too and with the fastest coast-to-coast service, TWA will get you from NY to LA in less than 16 hours!

But this has to be my favorite ad...maybe of all time!

The comments just write themselves: "Oh you boys!" "You kiss your mother with that mouth!"

Hope you enjoyed a peek at a vintage baseball book and the days of yore! If anyone would like to see a pix of their old stadium, just let me know and I'll post it.

Hope your team does well this year -that is unless you're an Atlanta Braves fan-our Phillies nemesis!
The World Series Champion Phils have already lost the first two games of the season to the Braves!

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Unknown said...

What a neat collection, and how timely! I've never seen baseball or any stat books!
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Coloradolady said...

Very interesting..I have a few boys around here that might want to look at your book today..I will have to show them. I too love the add for the sluggers, very cute!

Have a great Easter weekend.

bj said...

That is such an interesting collection. It's made even more special that your dad started it and your son is adding to it.

ClassyChassy said...

I'm not a sports fan, but do love the books! They are very interesting to me, the pictures and how everything is all laid out. Nice items!

Bea said...

I've got a couple of son in laws that would love to look at those books. Loved the adds and the pictures of the old stadiums.

Sarah said...

This is quite a collection! Your son is fortunate to have received such a wonderful gift from his grandfather.

Susan said...

Oh, Miri, what a sweet collection my guys would love. I sat for many games in the bleacher seats at Briggs Stadium but oddly I have not been down to Comerica Park where the Tigers play now. The old Tiger Stadium has been partly demolished and the historical society has it wrapped up in court trying to save what's left.

Stephanie said...

Wow! How unique. I've never seen anything like that before!


Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

Great collection, my BB would love these. Love all the old pictures.

Donna said...

Great vintage stuff!! This is my first VTT and its been great fun looking at all your blogs. Great baseball GS would love them.
Have a great Easter and blessings to all

Unknown said...

neat books--I love reading the advertisements in old magazines and books!

Barbara Jean said...

Thanks for coming by my blog today.

Your vintage sports books reminded me, I have Scott's old baseball glove around here somewhere too.
Forgot and just showed his teddy bear, and his hi school football.

Barbara Jean

Anonymous said...

That is so odd, that baseball continued even during a war. I find that very amazing. And the books as well, wonderfully preserved. Much more so than I am.

Those boys are kissin a bat!

Beca said...

I liked the pictures in those books. I like baseball. It's the only sport I can understand. Thanks for sharing.

Jeanne said...

Great collection of baseball stat books! Love the photo of Briggs Stadium as I'm a Tigers fan.

Eileen said...

What a neato collection! I know some guys that would faint over that.

Hope you have a very Happy Easter Miri!

Neabear said...

That is indeed a special collection! My son would have enjoyed that type of collection when he was young.