Baseball’s evolution was marked by archaic rules and progression through trial and error. Since-changed customs included playing to 21, a base on balls awarded after nine balls, batters allowed to request (and receive) a high or low pitch and fielders recording a putout by catching a batted ball on a fly or a single bounce. As the grand game celebrated its 100th anniversary, current day standards (with a few exceptions) had been established and Kentucky’s famed Hillerich & Bradsby plant provided the weapons of choice for the vast majority of players. Flaunting its status, H&B produced this point-of-sale display as a virtual résumé and impressive list of “clients.” Framed to 30-1/2 x 36-5/8”, the piece has a bright-red “center brand” as its focal point and just above, a ribbon reads “1839 1939 – Baseball’s 100th Anniversary” in “Dirty Sox” font. Symmetrically lining the sides and upper border, (19) black-and-white cameo likenesses attest to those who wield Louisville Slugger bats. Printed text detailing each player and his accomplishments accompanies. Among the most notable tributes are: Cobb, Lajoie, Wagner and, coinciding with the sad news of his tragic illness, Lou Gehrig. The biggest applause (in terms of both photo size and text length) is reserved, naturally, for Babe Ruth. This rare survivor presents beautifully, with expected edge wear from previous display. The original easel remains, though is not readily visible in the frame. Visible through a window on the reverse of the frame is a vintage Hillerich & Bradsby mailing label.
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