‘It’s In The Details’
|Title||United Tobacco Sports and Pastimes in South Africa
|Size||2 1/4″ x 3 1/4″
|Number in Set
United Tobacco Sports and Pastimes in South Africa Overview
The 1936 United Tobacco Sports and Pastimes set includes a look at various sports and games in South Africa. One such sport included in the release was a baseball card (Card No. 18 in the set).
Cards featured color images on the front and a description of the sport in question on the back.
The baseball card featured a batting scene. A player stood at the plate in a batter’s box wearing a red uniform and white cap. Behind him, part of the catcher is shown. The back has the following description:
“Baseball became firmly established in this country in 1934 when a S.A. Board was formed. In Transvaal and Natal it had been a week-end recreation, but in 1933, Province inaugurated a Saturday League and entered the inter-centre series. Since 1931, Transvaal has beaten Natal 9 times; lost 2. Transvaal has beaten Province 3 times; lost once. Natal has won 2 and lost 3 against Province. Baseball is now a summer Saturday game throughout the Union.”
Three teams are noted in the description on the back so it is likely that the player depicted on the front is a member of one of those teams.
Some sports in the set are featured more than once and track and field has numerous cards covering a variety of events.