Baseball and Tobacco

America’s past time has a long and inextricable history with tobacco. The first teams to professionally play America’s own game were sponsored by cigarette makers. From the “Bull Pen” to baseball cards, Tobacco and Baseball have a long and interconnected history. This exhibition explores these ties using images, videos, sound, and documents tracking America’s favorite past time and America’s longest habit.

Football has become a mainstay of American culture rivaling and recently exceeding baseball as America’s past time, and just like baseball before it football and tobacco are as close as players in the huddle. Touchdown Tobacco details the advertising ties between pigskin and cigarettes

Death defying and exhilarating speed, white knuckles thrills and smoke that kills. Auto racing and tobacco have a long and complicated history. From Formula 1 and drag racing, to motor cross and monster truck rallies, and of course the Winston Cup NASCAR Series, Speed Kills chronicles the partnership between smoking and racing.

Sports Sponsorship by Tobacco Companies

A Collection of the Center for the Study of Tobacco and Society

From the diamond to the gridiron, and from the race track to the tennis court, tobacco companies have long teamed up to sponsor sports around the world. The exhibitions featured above are drawn from the Sports Sponsorship by Tobacco Companies collection at the Center for the Study of Tobacco and Society.

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Curated by Alan Blum, MD

Professor,
Department of Family Medicine
Gerald Leon Wallace, MD, Endowed Chair in Family Medicine
College of Community Health Sciences
Director, Center for the Study of Tobacco and Society
The University of Alabama

Designed by Kevin Bailey, MA

Collections Manager and Digital Archivist
Center for the Study of Tobacco and Society
The University of Alabama

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