Friday’s ad is for Ballantine, from around 1950. The ad features Pittsburgh Pirate right fielder Roberto Clemente, so it must have been before 1973, since Clemente died in a plane crash while delivering aid to victims of an earthquake in Nicaragua on December 31, 1972. I still have one of his baseball cards from when I was a kid. If I had to guess, I’d say the ad is not an ad per se, but more likely was part of a baseball program sold at the stadium, except that at second glance the text is in Spanish, saying “Roberto Clemente at bat for Ballantine beer.”
Thursday’s ad is for Narragansett, from 1950. The black and white ad shows a woman staring back at the viewer, with a baseball game on the television behind her. The scene on television almost looks the same as the billboard from yesterday, with a player sliding into home. The ad also uses their famous “Hi, Neighbor! Have a ‘Gansett” tagline.
Monday’s ad is for Rheingold Beer, from 1942. With the opening day of the 2014 baseball season taking place for most teams today (not including the boondoggle to Australia and one game yesterday) I thought this week I’d feature ads with a baseball theme. Today’s ad features Leo “The Lip” Durocher, who at this time was the manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Saturday’s ad is for Kirin, from 1939. This is another odd one, with a Japanese woman holding a large bottle of Kirin beer over her shoulder. But her shadow shows a soldier marching behind her, which seems almost eerie in hindsight, knowing that World War 2 was looming and the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was only two years away.