Posted by Bert Callens - Category: Vintage
Who doesn’t want to be one? They’re famous, sportive, popular and mostly they have enough money to spend the rest of their lives on a tropical island. The income of a top athlete not only depends on the contract or their preformance, but also on sponsoring.
Why else would David Beckham be one of the richest soccer players ever?
For this week’s Vintage Tuesday we’ve selected vintage ads featuring American top athlete.
From Muhammad Ali to OJ Simpson. Find out!
Wilt Chamberlain was an American professional NBA basketball player who played for the 76ers (Philadelphia), the Lakers but also for the Harlem Globetrotters. He is considered by his contemporaries as one of the greatest and most dominant players in the history of the NBA. His length was always one of his most powerful weapons and BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation) made a funny ad regarding Chamberlain’s length.
OJ Simpson is a retired American football player, football broadcaster, actor, and spokesman. OJ was acquitted of the murder of his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman after a long and highly publicized criminal trial. The trial, often characterized as “the trial of the century,” culminated on October 3, 1995 in a jury verdict of not guilty for the two murders. Nowadays he spends his days in the prison, for other felonies he was charged. In the second ad you can see OJ an ad for Dingo shoes.
The third ad features Cathy Rigby, a gymnast, actress and speaker. She was the face of a campaign selling feminine napkins that prevents menstrual odour. The print ad speaks for itself..
(1965, 1979, 1982)
Tai Babilonia is an American pair skater. With partner Randy Gardner, she is the 1979 World Champion and the 1976-1980 U.S. national champions. In this ad for Lee, they have more attention for her long legs and behind, than for the pants itself.
Chris Evert is a former world number 1 professional tennis player from the United States. She won 18 Grand Slam singles championships, including a record seven championships at the French Open and a record six championships at the U.S. Open. “Sixteen years of tennis can wear out more than shoes, balls and rackets. It can wear out your hair and skin just as fast”
Fly like a butterfly, sting like a bee, I’m the great – Muhammaed Ali couldn’t miss in this row. Here’s an ad for Rockport shoes in 1993, nine years after diagnosed with Parkinson’s Syndrome.
(1983, 1987, 1993)