A Few Curious Bits of Baseball History

baseball exhibit at Denver Museum

Play Ball exhibit at History Colorado Center, Denver, featuring the Marshall Fogel collection of baseball artifacts.

In an era before multi-year, multi-million contracts, ballplayers were happy to get endorsements, for just about anything.

Nellie Fox endorses chewing tobacco

Dizzy Dean cereal ad


Evolution of the glove


Colorado baseball then


Denver baseball team's bear mascot

Opening day 1923 and the Denver Bears are led onto the field by their mascot

Colorado baseball now

Rockies opening day ticket

Ticket to the first Colorado Rockies game in 1993

Coors Field wall photo

Coors Field, Denver opened in 1995

Colorado Rockies star players

Rockies jerseys

Breaking barriers

1934 Kansas City Monarchs

In 1934, at a time when baseball was completely segregated the Denver Post tournament invited the all-black Kansas City Monarchs to play the white House of David team

Bayly-Underhill co-ed baseball team

The Bayly-Underhill company sponsored a co-ed baseball team circa 1910-1915

New York baseball before MLB’s Manifest Destiny


New York Giants 1911 championship trophy

New York Giants 1911 championship trophy

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10 Responses to A Few Curious Bits of Baseball History

  1. Donna Janke says:

    Interesting look at baseball history. The 1935 gloves look more than what we’d wear now as winter gloves than a baseball mitt. And it’s hard to believe now that at one time sports figures promoted tobacco products.

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  2. Great pictures…could that wad of chewing tobacco be any larger?!

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  3. pjlazos says:

    Those were the days!😍

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  4. inesephoto says:

    Love the mascot 🙂

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  5. Such an amazing American sport. Surely, even in segregation brought lots of unity to the USA.

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  6. My granddad was an avid baseball fan–following the Pirates. Anytime he got to drive the 1.5 hours to Pittsburgh for a game, it was a major event. Thanks for sharing these posts and making me remember time spent with a great man.

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