Toots Shor Beverage Coasters (Set of 24)
Toots Shor was an original. This stout, gregarious palooka reigned over his men’s club and served up food and strong drink with a heaping side of insults and put-downs. More than a host, he was a lord. And the eponymous saloon was his personal fiefdom. He drank with five presidents, golfed with royalty, and became the toast of the town.
His gin joint exerted, early on, an almost tidal pull on athletes, writers, radio men, fight promoters, bookies, not to mention actors, pols and Broadway brokers. Like survivors clinging to the same life raft, they became inseparable, hanging out with boldface names including Joe DiMaggio, Frank Sinatra, Jackie Gleason, Jack Dempsey, Frank Gifford, Walter Cronkite, Yogi Berra, Mike Wallace, Edward R. Murrow, Earl Warren, Frank Costello, Jimmy Hoffa, you name it – for the price of a drink, anyone was welcome to belly up to the circular bar. Shor’s became the mother lodge for assembling after the big prize fights, baseball, basketball and hockey games. There athletes and fans argued and reminisced until the early hours of the morning.
It all had to end, of course. And it did. The tides shifted. The culture changed. But there are still a few ways to recapture this lost-in-a-time-warp view of Toots Shor’s New York. For anyone who seeks a snootful of nostalgia, a time machine view of the past, offered here is a set of 24 cardboard "Beermat" Beverage Coasters just like the originals from the legendary "refreshment stand." They don’t make them like Toots anymore, and they don't make these coasters anymore.