MLB Network, I Love You
Should I be this excited?
Is this Heaven? (3:42)
I started a thread (its still on-going) at TheBaseballStars.com today about my giddiness, but it reached a whole new level while watching Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series. While watching this game, I saw a Gillette shaving blades commercial, and in it was a special offer for the Vest-Pocket Encyclopedia of Baseball, a free gift with your purchase of blades.
Well, as it turns out, I actually own that freakin’ encyclopedia!
While making my blog rounds earlier in the day, I stumbled upon Cardboard Junkie’s post about the Network and the Gillette commercials. While reading it, I wondered what the hell he was talking about. But while watching the commercial for myself, I realized that I had the object that a few others were clamoring over earlier today — the damn encyclopedia.
Like many of the cool things I own, I found this badboy (pictured above) at a flea market. The price: $1. I would have paid $10 if the seller asked for it, but I handed the man a single bill and walked away with a smile on my face.
At the time I was just giddy that I had tracked down a really neat item, a mini encyclopedia that held stats of players that were current as of the start of the 1956 season.
The very first player listed in the book is “Aaron, Henry Louis”, a young strapping slugger who’d played all of one season when this little gem was produced. At the time there was no indication that he’d eventually become a Home Run Champion.
Anyhow, here are a few images from what is within. The first few pages are ramblings of the presidents of the American and National leagues, and then we get into a bunch of stats, many of which are incomplete by today’s standards. Of note, home runs are NOT one of the stats listed here. Just year, team, position, league and what appears to be batting average.
The coolest part about the little book is the stuff at the end: The records (guys who hit .400, 50 homers, etc.), and especially the diagrams of the stadiums. How neat is this:
And a few closeups:
Fenway Park (Boston Red Sox)
Ebbets Field (Brooklyn Dodgers)
[Posted specially for Greg at Night Owl Cards]
Polo Grounds (New York Giants)
Milwaukee County Stadium (Milwaukee Braves)
[Posted specially for Dave at Cardboard Junkie)
Yankee Stadium (New York Yankees)
[Posted for TheJon, my co-writer at TheBaseballStars]
Connie Mack Stadium (Phildelphia Phillies)
[Posted in honor of the 2008 World Champs, and specially for Chris Harris of Stale Gum, who also posted on dayf’s blog today.]
UPDATE: It’s been brought to my attention (via the comments section below) that this item is pretty hot on eBay right now. It should be noted that when I purchased this thing, there were a dozen of them on eBay for less than $15, most with Buy It Now prices of $5-$10.
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