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.
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