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c1910 Baseball Broadside


Illustrated by 

Joseph Leyendecker

21 1/2" tall x 14" 

wide, printed on cardstock

Only known example of a 

Leyendecker baseball game poster




By Carlton Hendricks


While preparing this feature I stumbled on an on-line reference that got my full attention. 
The Saturday Evening Post, Baseball Catcher 
May 15, 1909 
oil on canvas 

Unlike Rockwell, Parrish and other illustrators who employed photography to help them create their images, Leyendecker preferred to paint from life. The photograph shows Leyendecker in his New York studio sketching a model dressed and posed as a catcher.


Which led me to the website of the Huntsville Museum of Art in Huntsville Alabama where a Leyendecker exhibition had been hosted February 24 - April 20, 2008. Which in turn led me to the exhibition's producer The Haggin Museum in Stockton, CA. I emailed them and bingo! I got the photo below...can you believe it!


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Photo courtesy The Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA 

read what Leyendecker said during this session


Finding the actual photo of Leyendecker illustrating our catcher is no doubt the end all. I'm almost speechless! After I got the photo though, my curiosity was piqued ...who what where...Who in Stockton California has a photo of J.C. Leyendecker in his studio illustrating my catcher? Actually I think I vaguely recall having a discussion once with someone at an antiques show, about a museum in Stockton, and the person telling me about it having a remarkable collection of...I think it might have been Leyendecker...anyway...After the Haggin Museum graciously sent the photo, I emailed them back to enquire more about their Leyendecker collection....get this, their website says..."The Haggin Museum's collection of original works by Leyendecker represents the largest held by any museum"...can you imagine? Boy the east coast Illustration collectors must be mad about that!...Stockton California isn't exactly Hyde Park New York. Although actually Stockton California will forever be a part of the Carlton Hendricks  evolution,...genesis really of StaggBookends.jpg (64751 bytes)collecting...For it was there in Stockton California that I drove my old 65' Olds Cutlass to the home of Paul Stagg, sat at his kitchen table with him...and ended up buying his father Amos Alonzo Stagg's personal football player 1988 I believe it was....but that's a story for another time.


The Haggin Museum's collection of original works by Leyendecker represents the largest held by any museum and was assembled in the 1950s by former director Earl Rowland (1890-1963). An admirer of the artists of the "Golden Age of American Illustration," Rowland contacted some of the companies Leyendecker had worked for to solicit donations. He also contacted individuals, such as the artist's sister, Augusta Leyendecker, who had inherited a number of his original canvases. His respect for the man led him to secure a headstone for the artist's unmarked grave in Woodlawn Cemetery, New York.


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Carlton Hendricks Collection of 

Joseph Leyendecker Football Posters

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32 1/2" x 24 1/2"  

Used for the cover of Nov. 1909 Century Illustrated Monthly 

-Also 1916 Harvard Yale Program

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36 3/4" x 30 1/2"

 Used for the cover of Nov. 1909 The Popular Magazine

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Univ. Pennsylvania 27 1/2" x 19 1/2" 

Used for the cover of Nov 14,. 1908 

Sat. Evening Post

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