I recently came across a rare non-cardboard Al Rosen I couldn't help but want as a piece of my Hebrew Hammer Collection. I had never heard of The Sporting News' Dope Book, but this issue from 1954 came complete with Al Rosen on the cover.
It was a cool 50 cents back in the day. I paid more than that but was still able to land it for a price I was comfortable with. There's some cool stuff on the Brooklyn Dodgers in this Dope Book. Perhaps I'll one day get around to scanning some pages that discuss the mid-50s Blue Crew.
We're constantly reminded just how different athletes and advertising were in the 1950s. Here's the back and Hall of Famer Eddie Mathews pimping Chesterfield Smokes, the "Best For You!"