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Black & white paper sleeve version of the Microsonic recording
Black & white paper sleeve version of the Microsonic recording


  Baseball - The First 100 Years Official Centennial Record Album
 
Baseball The First 100 Years Official Centennial Record Album
 Baseball The First 100 Years Official Centennial Record
Item Details
  • CIRCA - 1969
  • MANUFACTURER - MLB Promotions -
     Fleetwood Recording Co.
  • SPEED -  33 1/3 RPM
  • SIZE - 11 3/8" x 11 3/8" (album cover)
    7" x 7" (Microsonic Cover)
  • PRICE GUIDE - $10.00 - $15.00
    Excellent - Near Mint Condition
 
 
NOTES:
 
    Introduced by James Stewart and narrated by Curt Gowdy, "Baseball - The First 100 Years, Official Centennial Record Album" was released in 1969. Written by Sam Miller, and produced by Larry Miller, the 1960's Psychedelic style cover was designed by American commercial illustrator Bob Peak. He is best known for innovative designs of the modern movie posters that include West Side Story and My Fair Lady. Peak received a commission from the U.S. Postal Service to design stamps for the 1984 Summer & Winter Olympics. The album cover features illustrated ballplayers from 1969-1969, with Stars Ty Cobb & Babe Ruth. Facsimile autographs include; Commie Mack, Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, Walter Johnson, Mel Ott, and Rogers Hornsby. The Record album had a $3.00 price tag.

The back of the album explains Americas obsession with baseball the National pastime. It states that "As you listen to this record and re-live the great moments of 100 years of baseball, your memory will come alive with things you haven't thought about for years. Flashbacks of your youth - the kids you grow up with - warm, lazy summer afternoons - your favorite glove- your first big league game - the laughter of growing up." Whether it was Bobby Thomson's shot heard around the world, Don Larsen's World Series Perfect game, or the emotional farewells of Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth, "You will remember where you were and what you were doing."

  The record starts off with a 5 minute 35 second introduction by actor James Stewart. He then hand the narrating job over to Curt Gowdy, who finishes the rest of the album. Side one - 26:08 minutes, spans about 70 years from 1869-1939 with some brief audio clips and old timers talking about the early days of baseball. Side two - 26:45 minutes, starts off in the 1940's and through the next 30 years to 1969. There is also a smaller "Microsonic" version of the recording, with a cover that measures 7"x7." The back cover states "It is equal in quality and playing time to a 12 LP record and can be played on all standard phonograph equipment"

 There is also a black & white paper sleeve version of the "Microsonic" recording. This variation has the full cover that is featured on the 12" LP record but in black & white. The 7" color cover is cropped. As featured on both the front and back of the cover, the record labels feature the official MLB logo which was first used in 1969.

 
 
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