Major Al’s Sports Report (Love That Tinkle!)

In honor of the World Collection, in which no other state in the entire world has been invited to engage in, Sliderback Saturday winds up and pitches some cartoons from the even far more exclusive Earth Series of 1922.

“The Enthusiast” by Clifford Berryman in Washington (DC) Evening Star, Oct. 4, 1922

Not only was the 1922 Earth Series limited to teams from 1 country, it was minimal to groups from just one particular city. The sequence pitted the New York Giants towards the New York Yankees, so you may suppose that the relaxation of the place would have misplaced all desire in what had grow to be a strictly New York affair.

“Whole” by Invoice Sykes in Philadelphia Evening Ledger, Oct. 4, 1922

But that wouldn’t sell papers, would it?

“The Ball Weevils” by John Knott in Galveston Each day News, Oct. 8, 1922

If any curiosity in the series fell off in the rest of the country, there ended up continue to sufficient fans of the match, or at minimum gambling on it, to warrant this cautionary cartoon out of Dallas.

Any gamblers who wager on the Yankees were being shut out of luck: the New York Baseball Giants swept them four video games to none. (There were five games in this subway collection Recreation 2 finished in a 3-3 tie immediately after ten innings.)

“Hats Off to M’Graw” by Bud Counihan in New York Night Planet, Oct. 9, 1922

Just one newspaper job that disappeared a long time ago was that of the sporting activities cartoonist. Big newspapers like the New York Evening Entire world could possibly even have additional than one particular on employees.

Below Bud Counihan salutes the winning mentor, John J. McGraw and illustrates highlights of the ultimate sport of the series for the gain of these who could possibly have only go through about the games the upcoming day in the paper, if they did not occur to have accessibility to a person of them new-fangled radio thingamabobs.

“Oh, the Melancholy Days” by John Knott in Galveston Day-to-day News, Oct. ,4 1922

The good thing is for admirers then and now, if one’s baseball crew falls by the wayside quick of the Globe Collection, just one can generally flip to football. It really is the commence of the gridiron season, and anything at all is nonetheless possible.  

“Impressions of the Pitt-Bucknell Soccer Game” by Bertin F. Website link in Pittsburgh Push, Oct. 29, 1922

Judging by the sports activities cartoonists of the day, there were being extra lovers of university-stage football than of the experienced selection. The recently-named National Football League consisted of sixteen teams, only two of which continue being with us right now: the Decatur Staleys (now the Chicago Bears) and Racine/Chicago (now Arizona) Cardinals.

“A Tragedy of the Football Discipline” by John T. McCutcheon in Chicago Tribune, Oct. 29, 1922

Just one issue that has modified has been attempts to safeguard football players from serious personal injury. You’ll discover in these cartoons that the soccer players’ helmets are absolutely nothing more than leather-based caps. They have no mouth guard (despite the fact that by the 1920’s, some gamers ended up improvising attempts at generating them) disfiguring facial injuries were commonplace. Concussions were anticipated and accepted. 

This may perhaps appear difficult to believe, but in football, there was more of a priority in guarding the player’s higher body, than in head defense. The creation of soccer shoulder pads was by L.P. Smock, who was a university student a Princeton. His 1877 design had been made of wool and leather and were being in fact stitched onto the player’s jersey. Just after the transform of the century, we see the development of the ‘harnessed’ shoulder pads that are above the head and hooked up by way of the upper body location. Even though an advancement in design and style, they continued to be manufactured of a blend of canvas and leather. It wasn’t until eventually the 1960’s and 70’s that plastic shoulder pads appeared. By the 1990’s we noticed the introduction of the cumbersome padding that our players these days dress in.

“Speaking of Fullbacks” by Woodson M. Cowan for George Matthew Adams Syndicate, ca. Oct. 13, 1922

The typical angle was that gamers had been hard guys in a position to withstand a little brain hurt. Because the print is pretty tiny, I am going to issue out the medical doctor analyzing University of Iowa fullback Gordon Locke on the right side of Iowa indigenous Wooden Cowan’s cartoon:

Scientist: “The X-ray reveals your cranium to be exceedingly thick.”

Text: “Scientist Learned that his dome is primarily constructed for use as battling ram to hit the line with.”

As pointed out somewhere else in the cartoon, Locke was no very simple-minded bonehead. He would graduate third in his course at the University of Iowa School of Legislation, graduating in the major 3 of his law university course. Immediately after coaching football at U of I and Western Reserve College, he was common assistant regulation director for the city of Cleveland, then normal counsel in Washington D.C. for the Committee for Oil Pipe Lines.

Sticking with soccer for 1 more cartoon, I’ll notice in this article that off the playing industry, hanging coal miners had achieved agreements with mine owners and long gone again to perform. But then as now, supply chain troubles intended that chilly weather was transferring in just before ample provides of coal to heat everyone’s houses and enterprises. What supplies there had been fetched premium selling prices.

“Community Information” by Fontaine Fox for Wheeler Syndicate, Oct. 28, 1922

Then as now, it was definitely all Joe Biden’s fault.

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