September 19, 1947~ Jackie Robinson is first winner of MLB’s Rookie of the Year Award

Jackie Robinson Rookie Card by Leaf Gum Co, Chicago, IL

1948-1949 / Commercial chromolithograph / 2 7/8”x2 3/8” / Various collections, incl. The Met

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“Baseball Cards in the Jefferson R. Burdick Collection”~ https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/ball/hd_ball.htm

In 1948 Bowman Gum, the descendant of the makers of the Play Ball cards, issued its first baseball issue. While not terribly good looking, these small black-and-white cards started the baseball card industry as we now know it. Bowman sold their cards with a stick of bubble gum. In the successive years, Bowman’s cards become more and more attractive. Their 1951 issue is extremely attractive and includes the Rookie Cards (first year cards) of baseball greats, Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays. In 1948-1949 Leaf produced a set that is popular today. These Leafs are quite ugly, but includes many ‘short prints’ (cards rarer than the other cards in the issue). http://www.cycleback.com/1800s/briefhistory.htm

Previous September 19 posts:

Hispanic Artists~September 19

Arthur Rackham: Born September 19, 1867

Artist Birthday Quiz for 9/19~

August 5, 1979~ Willie Mays inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

Untitled (Willie Mays, No. 43) by David Levinthal

2003 / Polaroid (Polacolor ER Land Film print) / 25 3/8”x20 3/4”
Various collections, incl. San Jose Museum of Art, CA

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Previous August 5 posts:

Self Portraits~August 5

Roberta Dodd Crawford: Born August 5, 1897

Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/5~

April 12, 1877~ Catcher’s mask first used in a baseball game

A Collegiate Game of Base-Ball By W. P. Snyder

1889 / Wood engraving, hand colored / 16”x22”
Published as double-page litho in Harper’s Weekly, New York issue of August 31, 1889

On April 12, 1877, in a baseball game between Harvard students and the Live Oaks (a semipro team from Lynn, Massachusetts), James Alexander Tyng, A.B. 1876, stepped onto the field wearing a catcher’s mask. According to established history, he was the first man to do so.
https://harvardmagazine.com/2004/07/home-plate-security.html

Previous April 12 posts:

Spring~ April 12

Lily Pons: Born on April 12, 1898

Hardie Gramatky: Born on April 12, 1907

Artist Birthday Quiz for 4/12~

Babe Ruth, February 6, 1895 – August 16, 1948

babeTop 10 Babe Ruth Cards of All-Time

Many of the baseball cards from Babe Ruth’s playing days are obscure offerings with a limited release. However, the ones that surface in good condition generally sell for huge amounts. The following list aims to identify the ten most valuable Babe Ruth cards in existence. Because rarity and condition greatly affect value, historical significance was also factored into this list. Due to the incredible values seen by Babe Ruth cards, narrowing down the list meant that a few popular cards did not make the cut. While time may reveal other hidden gems, the following list represents the dream checklist for many Babe Ruth card collectors. All the cards are worth a small (or large) fortune, and prices generally start around $5,000, and can escalate very quickly.

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http://www.cardboardconnection.com/top-10-babe-ruth-cards