25 Ridiculous Old-School Print Ads Featuring Athletes
We look back at some awesomely stupid print ads of the past.
By: Patrick Snow | 10/12/12, 10:00 AM EDT
Smoke'm if you Got'em1 of 26
The secret to athletic greatness 60-plus years ago? Smoking. Lots and lots of smoking.
Dan Marino2 of 26
Chris Evert3 of 26
Check out the shades, the colorful jacket, the giant red tennis racket and moon-sized tennis ball around the 18-time Grand Slam singles champion. Apparently cocaine was rampant among ad execs in the '80s.
New York Yankees4 of 26
We're pretty sure Mickey's YooHoo bottle wasn't filled with YooHoo.
Joe Montana5 of 26
Hmmm... not so sure that tagline would work today.
Jim Palmer6 of 26
We apologize; really should have had a warning before this one. But yes, the Orioles Hall of Fame pitcher did help popularize the banana hammock.
Gary Fencik7 of 26
Nothing says bad-ass football player like shoulder pads, eye black and perfectly coiffed hair thickened by elegant mousse.
Mean Joe Greene8 of 26
Note how much the tailor is sweating. Apparently he got a good peek at Mean Joe's package.
Brian Bosworth9 of 26
The Boz was a favorite target for fans’ animosity, but we all appreciated him in the cinematic achievement that was Stone Cold. He was better-equipped to fight in that movie than against Bo Jackson.
Bo Jackson10 of 26
Speaking of Bo, these Nike campaigns were huge. No jokes here; the guy was just an amazing athlete until the injuries started. He won a Heisman and played in the all-star game of both MLB and the NFL. And he did it all shirtless.
Rickey Henderson11 of 26
The all-time steals leader is a tough act to follow on the diamond and with money quotes off the field. Former teammate Steve Finley to Rickey on a team flight: “You have tenure, sit wherever you want.” Henderson to Finley: “Ten years? Rickey’s been playing at least 16, 17 years.”
Jack Nicklaus12 of 26
Behold, the Golden Bear is rocking some white short-shorts. Can’t criticize the 18-time Major winner though; just going to blame the '70s.
Danny White13 of 26
Speaking of old-school shorts that make you feel uncomfortable, everybody remembers a former football coach sporting these bad boys. At least the former Cowboys quarterback doesn’t have a mesh hat and gut like your high school coach.
Ted Turner14 of 26
The former Braves owner and CNN founder is dubbed “Captain Outrageous” in this ad. Of course, he did once name himself manager for a day (a loss) before it was deemed to be in violation of MLB rules. Can you imagine Turner in a baseball uniform?
John Madden15 of 26
Boom! Gotta love the former coach and broadcaster helping you out with car care. No doubt Brett Favre would have sponsored this as well if he had not been at Southern Miss at the time.
Dave Winfield16 of 26
Is anything more '80s than those Maverick-from-Top Gun pair of Ray-Bans? You know it’s been a few years when a player (called "Mr. May" by New York owner George Steinbrenner) had to leave the Yankees to win a World Series.
Walt Garrison17 of 26
Talk about an old-school ad. The former Oklahoma State and Dallas Cowboys running back was truly a cowboy, moonlighting in the offseason on the professional rodeo circuit.
Bird/Magic18 of 26
These old-school Converse shoes were classic in the 1980s, and Larry Bird and Magic Johnson were perfect pitchmen. Note just how ripped they both look.
Bruce Jenner19 of 26
Yes kids, that old dude on the Kardashians was a big deal. Ironically, he's hocking cameras.
Smoking, Part Deux20 of 26
Camels were apparently it for the top players back in the day. So rich, so mild!
Walt Frazier21 of 26
Nothing says great dental hygiene like a pickup game in the park.
John McEnroe22 of 26
You can almost hear the tennis great yelling at the photographer.
Reggie Jackson23 of 26
Mr. October definitely stirred the drink in New York. How about the old-school electronics?
John Newcombe24 of 26
The seven-time Grand Slam singles champion should be selling mustaches, not cameras.
Bob Feller25 of 26
Sweet bike, Bob. Do they make those for men?
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