Ancient newspaper clippings reveal SF sports world of old

1.) There used to be baseball in the Mission:

2.) The 49ers used to have an insane logo:

(See more in the men’s room at Local Edition.)

Bonus: check out this animation I found on Wikipedia

21 Responses to “Ancient newspaper clippings reveal SF sports world of old”

  1. Herr Doktor Professor Deth Vegetable says:

    Oh man, I love that old logo! That’s awesome.

  2. Herr Doktor Professor Deth Vegetable says:

    And, y’know, just in case you want to rep the Seals:

    (Bonus: SF Missions / Mission Reds: )

  3. Adam says:

    I have an Image of Joe Dimaggio in the San Francisco Seals uniform signed, as well as a replica of this uniform in a frame. I was considering asking around sports bars seeing if they’d be interested in buying it, or Craigslist.

  4. That Hollywood team that the Seals are facing, in that ad, is actually a continuation of The Mission Reds, who played in San Francisco from 1926-1937 (the first 5 years at a ballpark that was located where Valencia Gardens is now). In 1938, they replaced the original Hollywood Stars, who had previously moved to San Diego.

    I have to say that minor league baseball, before the expansion of major league baseball to the west coast, looks like a kind of heaven to me. I could have walked a few blocks north (pre-’32) or a few blocks east (until the late ’50s) and caught a decent baseball game on most afternoons — no night games, in those days, until fairly late in the game.

    • Herr Doktor Professor Deth Vegetable says:

      Agreed. I still really like minor league baseball, though. It seems more pure and joyful (T-shirt cannons! Silly on-field games between innings!) than MLB, less of a business-for-business’s sake kinda thing. Whenever I am visiting my folks during the summer I try to catch a game at their local AA team.

      • You Are a Child says:

        You are buying into the marketing. Minor league baseball’s hokum small town image and everything else about the team is dictated and approved by the big league club.

        Still, I like that you used the word joyful in a non ironic way to describe such a ruthless player mill (imagine being from Latin America). I like baseball too, but the scales have fallen from my eyes.

        • Herr Doktor Professor Deth Vegetable says:

          SAD FACE

        • I guess we’ll have to stop going to small music venues, too, since they don’t pay a living wage, either.

          You are an overly-cynical adolescent.

          • What? says:

            Uh, no. I guess I don’t understand what you’re saying? If you thought small music venues were holy then maybe that might stop someone from going.

            I think people should go to minor league baseball games too. If they want to. The point was that they’re not as homespun and innocent as their very well done marketing would lead one to believe.

            I am an overly cynical adolescent though. That part is true.

          • Well, yeah; there is a certain kind of person — quite common in The Mission — who has a similar mystical/reverential attitude toward small music venues and indie labels. I remember them dumping on Hüsker Dü en masse when the band left SST for Warner Brothers.

            Me, I’ll take baseball where I can get it — I love to watch amateur teams play in Golden Gate Park. The great thing about the sport is that it doesn’t require you to ‘act your age’ to enjoy it.

  5. Alex says:

    That’s why Double Play is there!

  6. You’ll notice also in the football clipping that Y.A. Tittle is mentioned for the Baltimore Colts.

    After Baltimore, he played nine years for the Niners:

  7. Ivy says:

    The first baseball in the Mission was 1868! Recreation Grounds, now Garfield Park at 25th/Folsom. Here’s another great newspaper clipping. The font on this is just so good.

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