Chief Creative Officer and Director of Interpretation and Research
Jason L. Hanson is the chief creative officer and director of interpretation and research at History Colorado. Some of his previous articles for The Colorado Magazine include “Colorado Is My Classroom: What Earlier Pandemics Can Teach Us About School” (2020), “The First Draft: Colorado History Over a Few Beers” (2019), “Women’s Work in Utopia: How the Women of the Colorado Cooperative Company Sought Utopia by Doing What They’d Always Done” (2016), “Brewers Want the Best: Growing a Brewing Industry in the Centennial State” (2015). He is also the author of Game Changers: 100 Years of Negro League Baseball (History Colorado, 2020) and coauthor of A Ditch in Time: The City, The West, and Water with Patty Limerick (Fulcrum Publishing, 2012).
Black baseball players shaped the game and American society beyond the ballfield. It’s a story that runs, surprisingly, straight through Denver and an event that called itself “The Little World Series of the West.”
There’s a wonderful pop art quality to the card. Mickey Mantle stands in a heroic pose against a brilliant sky blue background, shouldering his bat as he gazes up into the distance. It’s the sort of iconic portrait an artist might have created to celebrate Mantle’s spectacular achievements in retrospect, but somehow Topps got it exactly right at the beginning. And for three days in Denver this July 10–12, you can see it for yourself.