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The Saturday Evening Post’s Baseball, The Glory Years!

If you have been around awhile like me, when you think of art in baseball, you think of Norman Rockwell. And when you think of Norman Rockwell, his iconic covers from The Saturday Evening Post naturally follow.

The nearly 300 year-old chronicle of American history – which calls itself “The Magazine of American Living” – continues to be published today by the non-profit Saturday Evening Post Society, headquartered in Indianapolis.

Contacted recently by a Post representative who was announcing their new special collector’s edition, Baseball, The Glory Years!, I jumped at the opportunity to receive a copy, which of course features a Rockwell cover.

The glossy 128-page publication covers more than 100 years of the legends and historic moments in American baseball and is presented in coffee-table-quality form. It is richly illustrated by Rockwell as well as other great Post artists and also includes rare photos.

But, it is much more than just images.

I have to admit that my curiously was piqued when I read this: “Original articles from the Post archive, including profiles of such all-time greats as Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Lou Gehrig, Ted Williams, Hank Aaron and many more.”

While Baseball, The Glory Years! more than delivers on its promise, given the common background of many who are reading this, you may also have wondered about the glaring omission from the list of the very greatest Hall of Famers presented just above.

As it turns out, my fears were allayed when I flipped to pages 66-67. There I found the feature, “Stan Musial as a Rookie,” which was penned by legendary writer J. Roy Stockton and ran in the Post on September 12, 1942. Included is an outstanding drawing of Musial signing autographs by artist John Falter.

Other interesting articles include “The Wit and Wisdom of Yogi Berra,” a 1950 article in which Branch Rickey’s assistant describes some of the behind-the-scenes maneuvering surrounding the MLB arrival of Jackie Robinson and a 1938 John Lardner piece analyzing the Black Sox Scandal of 1919.

If you are still on the fence whether to get this for yourself, as a gift or both, check out these sample pages. At just $12.99, including free shipping, get Baseball, The Glory Years! here.

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7 Responses to “The Saturday Evening Post’s Baseball, The Glory Years!”

  1. JumboShrimp says:

    Sounds like an unusually nice publication

    • Brian Walton says:

      Definitely a step back in time.

      • JumboShrimp says:

        Rockwell was a great artist and charming recorder of life. A book with his allusions to baseball should be a valuable reference not just for baseball fans, but for artists and historians.

        I will now do something rare by saying something nice about the Cubs. It is deserved. The art director for Wrigley gum was Shepperd who started in 1930 and served for decades. Shepperd made wonderful program covers for the wrigley owned Cubs during the 1940s and 1950s. Some are pictured in a book about the advertising art of Shepperd and his first wife. Covers appear sometimes at eBay and must be attractive if framed. They are a wonderful contribution to the heritage, flavor, and artistry of the game.

        • Brian Walton says:

          Thanks for sharing. I will look him up.

          • JumboShrimp says:

            I remembered the names. Otis Shepherd. The book is called Otis and Dorothy. Otis shepherd was a real life Don Draper, played by Jon Hamm on Mad Men. His advertising art persuaded a lot of people to chew gum flavored with Indiana mint leaves.

            The cover art on Cubs programs, steered by Shepherd, is terrific and a celebration of the game.

  2. JumboShrimp says:

    Colby Rasmus was smart to grab $15.8mm when offered. Dexter Fowler got greedy so does not have a contract for 2016.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      There is so much money being given to players that it’s nice to notice there are limits. David Freese must have sought too much, now he stuck without a contract. Fowler turned down huge bucks, now he is without a job. Hard to have sympathy with greed.

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