Before the days of private jets, athletes traveled by train. In fact, teams didn’t move west of St. Louis until the late forties when air travel was coming into vogue. Imagine what life would have been like back then as a kid… Heading out of town for summer vacation to visit relatives and running into your favorite all-star outfielder.
These placards were used by major league baseball teams to gather the players prior to hopping the freight to their next road series.
Votto on the rails to St. Louis? Happened all the time until the mid fifties! Kids could just hang out at Cincinnati Union Terminal and wait to see their teams come to play, or even just roll through town to their next home stand.