“Boy’s Baseball Team” by Eugene Iverd April 17, 1926
Eugene Iverd is a pseudonym for George Ericson. He was born in St. Paul Minnesota in January of 1893. He contributed 29 covers for The Saturday Evening Post between 1926 and 1936, many of which dealt with children as the theme. He died of pneumonia in 1936.
This is a great early 20th century piece of baseball Americana. Ten boys heading toward the sandlot to take on a neighborhood rival. The littlest one carrying the water bucket is obviously the younger brother of the lead boy. He knows he’s not going to play, but he looks up at his big brother with admiration, and the knowledge that his brother is about to kick some ass.
The catcher is going over the signs with his battery mate. “OK, 1 finger is a fastball, 2 is the curve, 3 is the change, 4 is the spitball, and 5 is the knuckler.” We always had 5 different pitches when we were 12 years old, or so we thought. The other 7 boys don’t seem to be taking this very seriously. They know nobody is going to hit their pitcher. They don’t have to be serious, it’s just a game to them, a game they know they’re going to win.
In baseball on April 17, 1926 the NY Yankees beat the Washington Senators 8-6, improving their early season record to 3-1. The Yankees will go on to win the AL pennant, but lose the World Series to the St Louis Cardinals in 7 games. Lou Gehrig hit his 1st HR of the season. He will finish with a surprisingly low 16 HRs. Catcher Pat Collins hit his team leading 2nd HR of the early season. He finished with 7 on the season. Collins led the team in long balls all the way to April 30th when Ruth finally passed him with his 4th HR of the season.
The win increased the Yankees record to 12-6-1 on Saturday Evening Post baseball illustration dates.