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TheOldMole
Oct 10 2005 11:51 PM

Name the beer and tobacco sponsors for the Dodgers, Giants and Yankees.

Johnny Dickshot
Oct 11 2005 12:08 AM

The Yankees smoked Camels and drank Ballantine

Frayed Knot
Oct 11 2005 12:10 AM

The only one I'm old enough to remember is NYY = Ballantine Beer.
Can't remember their cigarette sponsor.

My first recollection of baseball game sponsors was that all seemed to be limited to: a beer, a cigarette co., and a gas station. Definitely not going for the female audience in those days.

Mets; Rheingold, Sinclair, and I think Kool/Viceroy cigs.
Yanx = Ballantine, 'Flying A' Gas stations (they became 'Getty'), ???

TheOldMole
Oct 11 2005 12:32 AM

But Camel is not the tobacco product they're most identified with,

G-Fafif
Oct 11 2005 01:04 AM

The Giants smoked Chesterfields and drank Knickerbocker.

The Dodgers drank Schaefer and smoked Luckies.

Then both franchises died. Shows what all that drinking and smoking will do to you.

Johnny Dickshot
Oct 11 2005 06:45 AM

I was thinking of these ads:

TheOldMole
Oct 11 2005 07:25 AM

"It's a White Owl Wallop!"

The Giants were Piel's, as I remember.

NYMutt
Oct 11 2005 05:49 PM

I don't know about the Giants, Dodgers or Yankees, but it says on the back of my 1977 Mets Yearbook that "Schaefer Beer is available at all concession stands!"

Valadius
Oct 11 2005 05:54 PM

Aha! Further evidence of the existence of the Schaefer System in the late '70s.

G-Fafif
Oct 11 2005 07:58 PM

What they smoked at the PG...

https://www.goodsportsart.com/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?preadd=action&key=APC&itemtemplate=PDGCommTemplates/FullNav/GSA-Custom-Print.html&emptyoverride=yes

And, also way out in center, what they drank, at least toward the end of the Jints' stay...

https://www.goodsportsart.com/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?preadd=action&key=PGN&itemtemplate=PDGCommTemplates/FullNav/GSA-Custom-Print.html&emptyoverride=yes

ScarletKnight41
Oct 11 2005 08:28 PM

BTW, that site ( [url]www.goodsportsart.com[/url] ) has some beautiful art, and they put out a very nice baseball stadium calendar every year. We have a couple of prints in our family room that we bought from there.

MFS62
Oct 11 2005 08:57 PM

Do my eyes decieve me? Does that second picture show an ad for Rupert's Knickerbocker Beer on the scoreboard?

Funny, I don't remember that being the sponsor.

Later

Edgy DC
Oct 11 2005 09:39 PM

So Rupe owned the Yanks and sponsored the Jints?

MFS62
Oct 11 2005 10:04 PM

Edgy DC wrote:
So Rupe owned the Yanks and sponsored the Jints?


Can't tell the year from the picture, Edgy.
It could have been after Jake sold the Yanks to Del Webb and Dan Topping.

Later

Spacemans Bong
Oct 11 2005 10:33 PM

G-Fafif wrote:
The Giants smoked Chesterfields and drank Knickerbocker.

The Dodgers drank Schaefer and smoked Luckies.

Then both franchises died. Shows what all that drinking and smoking will do to you.

I know their first several years in SF the Giants were sponsored by Falstaff and Marlboro.

TheOldMole
Oct 11 2005 11:43 PM

I was sure I remembered Piel's as the NY Giant sponsor, but other sources confirm Knickerbocker. Piel's did, however, have less NFS.

Edgy DC
Oct 12 2005 12:10 AM

I imagine it changed every decade or so.

MFS62
Oct 12 2005 07:47 AM

Mole:
NFS? (yes, I bit)

I remember Ballentine's three rings for purity, body and flavor.
But NFS?
ya' got me.

Later

TheOldMole
Oct 12 2005 07:51 AM

Piel's is the beer for me boys, dry as beer can be
Piel's is the beer that you'll enjoy, refreshing you'll agree
Piel's beer has less NFS, that's why it's dry you see
Less NFS less non-fermented sugar, yessiree
That's why Piel's is the beer for me.


Certainly one of the worst jingles, and advertising slogans, ever dreamed up.

cooby
Oct 12 2005 07:55 AM

Sure, I can see basing my beer choice on less non fermented sugars.


Here's a Piels jingle I remember, probably from the 70's, which always sounded incomplete to me:


Piels Real Draft....the kind of beer....you first loved....


Accompanied by a tuba or trombone or something

Edgy DC
Oct 12 2005 08:17 AM

All's I got is Piels being the only beer endorsed by a journalist.

"Piels, it's a good drinkin' beeyah." --- Jimmy Breslin

(As if the others were more suitable for industrial uses.)

I assume his paper asked him to stop shilling.

TheOldMole
Oct 13 2005 10:45 PM

There was another whole series of Piel's commercials featuring less NFS. Here's the only one I remember.

The sergeant said to the young draftee
"If you wanna be smart you'll talk like me"
OK, OK, whaddidhe say?
"Less NFS in Piel's light beer."


But the great Piel's commercials were the inimitable Bob and Ray as Bert and Harry.