Baseball is the great American pastime, and we see by these Post covers that everyone gets involved.
“100th Anniversary of Baseball” by Norman Rockwell
It would appear that this cover is historically inaccurate. The Saturday Evening Post decided that since Abner Doubleday “invented” the game of baseball in 1839, who better to commemorate the event in 1939 than America’s favorite artist, Norman Rockwell? Apparently the Doubleday story has no basis in truth, and the beginnings of baseball are rather nebulous. All this aside, we have to agree that the combination of the all-American pastime and the all-American artist is a happy one.
“Baseball Catcher” by J.C. Leyendecker
Giving life to this cover is none other than Rockwell’s friend and mentor, artist J.C. Leyendecker. This 1909 cover is not typical of Leyendecker’s often lavish and “artsy” style.
“Baseball Catcher Looking Up” by Robert Robinson
Where did it go? We love the catcher’s mitt in this 1910 cover from Robert Robinson.
“Gramps at the Plate” by Norman Rockwell
In this 1916 Rockwell cover, grandpa is taking no prisoners. We’re not sure how good a batter he is, but he’s one of the few players around in spats.
“Dad at Bat” by Alan Foster
Dad gets into the act in this 1929 cover by artist Alan Foster. A littler overdressed, but good stance, pops.
“Island Game” by Stevan Dohanos
The U.S. Marine Corps did not let a world war get in the way of a good game. Okay, a contentious game. In the background to the left is Lt. Howard Munce who told artist Stevan Dohanos about this game when he was stationed in the South Pacific. Lt. Munce was an artist as well, and later fought at Iwo Jima. Notice the Corsair in the background getting patched up. We don’t know if the final call favored the Marine Air Corps or the South Pacific League.
See other great covers, including John Falter’s painting of the great Stan Musial in “Great Post Baseball Covers.”