Afforded the status of "National Pastime" early on, the game of baseball made itself into America's top sporting diversion almost from the beginning. When the time came for the recognized 100th Anniversary of the game, it was cause for great fanfare and celebration. A fascinating memento from this celebratory period is this scarce 1939 "One Hundred Years Of Baseball" dual-sided commemorative poster with calendar. Printed with an extensive and impressive array of records, stats, facts and photos, this informative advertising piece chronicle's the games history through its first century of existence.
Some of the many fascinating features are: an art rendering of 1865 play at Elysian Fields in Hoboken, NJ; photos of Ruth, Mack, Cobb, Young, Mathewson, Johnson, Cartwright, Doubleday, Wagner and others; the newly founded Baseball Hall of Fame; and historic team photos of the 1869 Reds, 1876 Cubs and 1901 White Sox; team stats for the 1938 AL and NL Champions Yankees and Cubs; and much, much more including a complete year 1939 twelve page calendar at bottom.
Measuring 21x28, this handsome heavy stock poster remains crisp, clean, bright and glossy, with moderate signs of wear including edge tears at right center extending into the field a bit and minor surface loss at bottom left on the border only, without affecting any content, otherwise very appealing with distinct images and no signs of having been folded.