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Thank you re-posting it so it was easily readable.  What a great letter.  A piece of history dealing with one of the best.  It is a treasure, Seajaw.  Take good care of it.



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Tall Tactician wrote:

Thank you re-posting it so it was easily readable.  What a great letter.  A piece of history dealing with one of the best.  It is a treasure, Seajaw.  Take good care of it.


Thanks.

You know I will take good care of it. wink



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Torontopgms.jpgEarlier in the thread, I alluded  to a number of items I have acquired from the WWII years...scorecards, and such.

The patriotic themes and ads are amazing to look back at, along with the teams rallying fans to purchase War Bonds.

I recently acquired a pair of Toronto Maple Leafs International League programs, which provided a glimpse into how our neighbors to the North were doing their part.

The program on the left in this picture is from 1943, and the other is from '44.

Burleigh Grimes was the Leaf's skipper, and the roster over the two years featured the usual mix of prospects, suspects, guys on their way up, and others who were fading.

No doubt, a few had roster spots because many players were off fighting the war.

Familiar names among the vets include 43-year-old Johnny Cooney, infielder/pitcher Red Kress, first baseman Harry Davis (whose professional career started back in 1926), pitcher Lloyd Brown (got his professional start in 1923), pitcher Luke Hamlin, infielders Lee "Jeep" Handley and Maurice Van Robays, and outfielder Jimmy Ripple.

Among the youngsters in '43 was 20-year-old outfielder Ralph Kiner.



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Here's a sampling of the war-themed advertising in those two programs:

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Since I'm on the topic of WWII, I thought I'd show you a few of my favorite U.S. scorecard designs.

First up, on the left, is a Minor League card, from a game between the host Allentown Fleetwings and the visiting Trenton Packers of the Interstate League.  This was a Class-B league, though the Packers' roster included one future big league star: outfielder Del Ennis.

The picture to the right features two Philadelphia Phillies scorecards, from 1942 and '44 (the latter shows the Blue Jay logo they sported for a time).

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Here are a couple of pics featuring close-up details.

The first is from the front of the '43 Jays card, showing the poem Bless 'Em All.  All of the "strips" floating by are various leagues in Organized Ball, and the number at the top (3640) represents the number of players currently serving in the Armed Forces.

The second picture shows two pages of ads supporting the war effort in the '42 program.

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Guys, I just won something on eBay that has me so totally geeked, I can hardly type this.

I picked up the front page printing plate for the 1947 Buffalo Evening News edition that headlines Bill Bevens' one-hit loss to the Dodgers in the World Series!!!

Obviously, I don't have it in-hand yet, but I will post pictures as soon as I can.

It's the entire front page, with an across-the-top, two-line, banner head:

Bevens of Yanks Hurls One-Hitter
But Loses to Dodgers in the 9th, 3-2

It has the full story, box score, secondary items, as well as other news of the day (there was other stuff happening?).



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I have edited a few posts in the thread, to incorporate some new pics.

Here's the first, an overall view:

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-- Edited by seajaw on Tuesday 19th of July 2016 02:36:04 AM

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Very cool, Seaj.  What a piece of history!



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Thanks.  As you know, I am totally wired right now.

Who woulda believed something like this could fall into their laps?  Such a big game in the annals of World Series history.



-- Edited by seajaw on Tuesday 19th of July 2016 02:58:40 AM

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Seeing is believin'.  Those photos really show what  piece of history you have.  Some might have the paper, but very few would have the plates.  That's awesome.



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It just arrived.

I was surprised at how lightweight it is.  Not bulky at all.  It's wafer-thin flexible plastic.

I can hardly wait to get it framed and hanging in the Stratcave. 



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Take some pics and post them as soon as you can so we all can share in your find.

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stratfan70 wrote:

Take some pics and post them as soon as you can so we all can share in your find.


You can count on it! wink 



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