As I was digging around looking for some old photos over the weekend, I uncovered this classic sports design gem. This card is a Cincinnati Knot Hole Club card from 1957 that was issued by the Cincinnati Reds. The card was issued to my Dad when he played knot hole baseball in the 1950's. The card features the Crosley Field era Reds mascot and the signature of team president Powel Crosley Jr.
The back of the card is a true classic. It contains information about the Knot Hole Code of Honor that all team managers are supposed to promote.The card describes how all players should behave while attending a game at Crosley Field. The Code of Honor features some classic rules to live by that are very representative of the year 1957.
Among the rules are:
-I will not cut class or miss school without permission.
-I will not attend "Knot Hole Day" at Crosley Field against the wishes of my parents or guardian.
-I will not use tobacco in any form at Crosley Field.
-I will not trespass on private or railroad property to or from Crosley Field.
-I will practice "Safety First" by not throwing anything at Crosley FIeld.
-I will endeavor to practice clean speech, clean sports, clean habits, and show by my conduct in school or at ball games, my worthiness to retain membership in the Knot Hole Club.
Classic rules to live by that are so reminiscent of this great time in American history. This card is a great look back at baseball's past, when life moved a little bit slower and the game was truly at the heart of American life. I hope you enjoyed this little trip through time, old school Major League Baseball style.