turn the cover off the ball

Jesse Marinoff Reyes:

baseball covers (heavily laden with Yankees) to whet the appetite for the smell of green grass, the crack of the bat, and the ever eternal boys of summer. See if you can spot a few of “my” ringers… PLAY BALL!

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Chicago Cubs Scorecard, 1947
Illustration: (signed) “O. S.” for Otis Franklyn Shepard (1893-1969), art director of Wrigley Gum for 31 years. Designed the uniforms for the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (as in A League of Their Own).

The St. Louis Cardinals at the Chicago Cubs, Wrigley Field (no date inscribed). The Cubbies were more than a bit overmatched when St. Louis could field a team with the likes of Red Schoendienst, Enos “Country” Slaughter, Stan “The Man” Musial, and a catcher named Joe Garagiola.

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New York Yankees Scorecard, 1941
Harry M. Stevens, Inc. Publisher

Philadelphia A’s at the New York Yankees, Yankee Stadium. Here’s another Harry M. Stevens-produced scorecard. Here, the A’s were in for it with a Yankees team that boasted Phil “The Scooter” Rizzuto, Bill Dickey (who seems to be the model for the cover graphic), Red Ruffing on the mound and a guy named “Joltin'” Joe DiMaggio in center field.

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New York Giants Scorecard, 1941
Harry M. Stevens, Inc. Publisher

St. Louis Cardinals at the New York Giants, Polo Grounds (no date inscribed, but the former owner tipped-in the box score and news article—still no date!). These New York scorecards from 1941 are just beautiful. Sadly, no credits.

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Life Magazine, June 25, 1956 issue
Photograph: Ralph Morse
Art Director: Charles Tudor

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The Curse of the Bambino
Penguin Books, 2004
Design: Jesse Marinoff Reyes
Photograph: Charles Conlon/TSN Archives
Inset Photographs (from left): AP/Wide World Photos; AP/Wide World Photos; Globe Newspaper Co., Inc.; AP/Wide World Photos; AP/Wide World Photos
Art Director: Paul Buckley

After this edition was published, the Red Sox finally got over the hump and won it all that October. But it was fun while it lasted…

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