Baseball and Tobacco

In 1913, Blackwell Tobacco Company, makers of Bull Durham, placed in every major league ballpark a tremendous cut out of a menacing bull. These billboards offered players a bounty of fifty dollars (about 1,500 dollars in 2019) if they could “hit the bull” with a home run ball. The bulls of Bull Durham were eventually put to pasture and came down from America’s ball parks, but they left a lasting mark on the game by giving their names to the “bull pens” where pitchers warm up during games.