[UTOPIAN COMMUNITIES - HOUSE OF DAVID] [BASEBALL]
Broadside: Thorpe's Original House of David Baseball Club of Benton Harbor, Michigan - World's Champion Traveling Baseball Team
Pensacola, FL: Mayes Printing Co. . The House of David, a Southcottian religious commune, was founded in 1903 in Benton Harbor, Michigan. The community's baseball team was a popular touring attraction of the Twenties, barnstorming throughout the east coast, southern states, and middle-west. Sporting their trademark waist-length haircuts and virtuosic baseball skills, the team drew large crowds everywhere they played. A little-known piece of baseball trivia is that the House of David team invented the toss-bat-and-catch game of "Pepper," which is advertised in the current broadside. Broadside, ca. 55cm x 29cm (22" x 11"), printed recto only on newsprint. Four captioned vignettes, 19 lines of text; blank portion for completion by hand unused. Slight toning; small triangular chip to margin (away from image or text); laid down on mid-weight card stock; Very Good.