The September 6 1935 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained this ad for an upcoming baseball game in Toronto.
I assume that Pool and Hilcher had enough appeal to female baseball fans that they would appreciate autographed pictures of the two men.
In 1935, the Toronto Maple Leafs were the Cincinnati Reds’ class AA minor-league affiliate, and both of the men in this ad spent some time with the big club that year.
Harlin Pool seemed to be a promising young player in 1934. Called up to the Reds in late May, he hit .327 the rest of the way for them. Unfortunately, he opened 1935 in a severe slump, and was batting .176 for the Reds when he was sent to Toronto in early June. His bat bounced back with the Leafs, as he hit .329, but he never returned to the majors. He played for four other minor league teams before ending his career in 1939.
Walter Frank “Whitey” Hilcher had spent brief periods of time pitching for the Reds in 1931 and 1932 before winning 19 games for the Leafs in 1935. This earned him a callup to the majors – one week after the game shown in this ad, Hilcher pitched a shutout for the Reds at home against the Boston Braves. This, unfortunately, was the high point of his major league career – he pitched poorly for the Reds in 1936, and was released after the season. He spent several years pitching for the independent Portland team, playing his last game in 1942.
Sadly, both men died relatively young: Pool passed away in 1963 at the age of 54, and Hilcher in 1962 at the age of 53.