Sports collectibles don’t get much cooler than this incredible 1913 baseball managers scorecard fan. This well-conceived advertising premium is graced with equal parts humor and practicality. Measuring 9-1/4 x 8-3/4” at its widest points this century-old relic features an unused scorecard section at center of the obverse, surrounded by images of the (16) managers including (10) HOFers, who led the major league teams of 1913. Easily recognizable facial photos are superimposed in disproportionate caricature style over art renderings which pertain humorously to the individual subject’s team. Notables include Huggins, Lajoie, Mack and McGraw. Printed just under the scorecard is “Copyrighted by F.A. Schneider” (the name of the manufacturer). Reverse side printing advertises a local business: “Geo. H. Juve General Store”. Completing the design of this clever device is a 13” slotted wood handle stapled at center. Minor wear in form of a 1/2” edge tear, a small edge chip and an unobtrusive stain have minimal impact on the absolutely tremendous appeal of this vintage advertising vehicle which technically rates as (VG-EX) but presents much nicer. More on our website.
Aimed at local businesses, this fascinating multi-purpose premium was designed for custom printed advertising on the reverse, with the benefits of providing a low-tech cooling system and useful scoring section when attending a game. The humorous depictions present somewhat of an identification challenge as the city and nickname of the represented teams are printed but the names of the managers are not.
The following is a list of the featured subjects with team name, manager name and characterization as they appear clockwise starting at the twelve o’clock position (names of HOFers are underlined): Brooklyn Bridegrooms (Dodgers): Bill Dahlen as a tuxedoed groom; New York Giants: John McGraw as a club wielding strongman, Cincinnati Reds: Joe Tinker as war dancing brave; St. Louis Cardinals: Miller Huggins as red-uniformed batter with oversized bat; Chicago Cubs: Johnny Evers in Cubs uniform hugging a bear cub; Boston Braves: George Stallings as a Native American brave; Philadelphia Quakers (Phillies): Red Dooin as a Quaker; Pittsburgh Pirates: Fred Clarke as a peg-legged buccaneer; Chicago White: Nixey Callahan hanging in a pinned-up white sock; Cleveland Naps (Indians): Napoleon Lajoie as Napoleon (Joe Birmingham was actually the Cleveland manager, however as the team was nicknamed after Nap it seems ok); Washington Senators: Clark Griffith as a beardless iteration of “Uncle Sam”; Boston Red Sox: Jake Stahl hanging in a pinned up red sock; New York Highlanders (Yankees): Frank Chance as a bagpipe playing Highlander; St. Louis Brownies (Browns): George Stovall as a fairyland “Brownie” imp; Philadelphia White Elephants (Ahtletics): Connie Mack embraced by an elephant’s trunk; Detroit Tigers: Hugh Jennings hugging a somewhat bewildered tiger.