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Baseball Books

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Lot 449.  1908 “Greater Pittsburg” Photo Book with a Full-Page Photo of Exposition Park. Before PNC Park, Three Rivers Stadium and Forbes Field, the Pittsburgh Pirates played at Exposition Park. They began playing there in 1882 when they were known as the Alleghenys, and the park remained their home until the opening of Forbes Field in 1909. This 8” x 10” book presents black & white photos highlighting the sights of greater Pittsburgh on 48 pages. The Exposition Park photo, taken from the outfield, shows a game in progress as fans watch from the grandstands. A caption below the photo tells readers that “Pittsburgh enjoys an enviable record in the world of sport. The city is represented by a clever team of expert base ball players, three times champion of the National League.” Other photos in the publication, from L. H. Nelson Co. of Portland, ME, show city buildings, steel mills, river barge traffic, schools, churches, bridges, residences, Carnegie Libraries and structures in nearby Braddock, McKeesport and Uniontown. A two-page center spread provides a panoramic view of Schenley Park. Three folios at the center of the softcover book are separated for the staples. Otherwise, the book is complete and intact with a g cover with several relatively heavy creases and vg+ to ex pages.
Winning Bid $61     


Lot 450.  Books by HoFers Harris, Cochrane – “Playing the Game,” “Baseball the Fan’s Game. ” Stanley “Bucky” Harris, enshrined at Cooperstown in 1975 for his managerial success, authored “Playing the Game,” which was published in 1924 by Grosset & Dunlap. The book is ex. The colorful dust jacket is vg with clipped corners and a 2 ½” strip of tape on its inside near the spine. “Baseball The Fan’s Game” by Hall of Fame catcher Mickey Cochrane was published in 1939 by Funk & Wagnalls. The book is vg-ex with a name in pen on the flyleaf and stains apparently from aging inside the front and back covers. The dust cover is vg with a small chip in the lower right front corner and at the top on the back. Cochrane’s book is a stated first edition, while the Harris book is an apparent first edition.
Minimum Bid $50     


Lot 451.  3 Scarce Early 1900s Books on Playing Baseball from “Spalding’s Athletic Library. All three of these softcover publications are reading copies. The covers and possibly some pages are missing; the content pages are present. 1. “How to Umpire, How to Captain a Team, How to Manage a Team, etc…Technical Terms of Base Ball” edited by T. H. Murnane, one-time major leaguer and sportswriter for “The Boston Globe.” The publication contains articles by Charles Comiskey, King Kelly, Jimmy Collins and Henry Chadwick; 112 total pages present. 2. “How to Catch and How to Run Bases” by John B. Foster, 1924. Foster was editor of Spalding’s “Official Base Ball Guide.” A total of 158 pages present with more than 130 pages of instruction. 3. “How to Pitch (New and Enlarged Edition),” by J. E. Wray, 1926, 112 pages. This publication contains photos of various pitchers, including Babe Ruth, Christy Mathewson and Grover Alexander. Reproductions of these publications are frequently offered; these are originals.
Winning Bid $25     


Lot 452.  1935 "Babe Ruth’s Big Book of Baseball." Offered as a premium by The Quaker Oats Company, this softcover book has a colorful cover with Ruth swinging a bat while fans watch from the stands. The book contains 64 pages of baseball instruction, strategy and history. Vg with some pages loose from the spine but present and in place.
Minimum Bid $20     


Lot 453.  "Babe Ruth as I knew him" by Waite Hoyt. Published by Dell in 1948 following Ruth’s death, this magazine-style publication is comparatively difficult to find. It was prepared by Hoyt, the Hall of Fame pitcher, who was Ruth’s teammate for 10 years, and good friend. This 50-page publication is extensively illustrated with photos of the Babe playing baseball and spending time with fans, family members and celebrity friends. Complete with vg-ex covers with ex pages.
Winning Bid $45     


Lot 454.  6 Putnam N.L. Team Histories – Cardinals, Cubs, Dodgers, Giants, Pirates, Reds. Each of these hardback books, published in the 1940s and 1950s by G. P. Putnam’s Sons, chronicles a team’s history in an informative and entertaining manner and features photos of notable players. One book is by Lee Allen, “Cincinnati Inquirer” sportswriter and Baseball Hall of Fame historian; one by Warren Brown, Knute Rockne friend and biographer and HoF inductee as a sportswriter; two by Frank Graham, New York sportswriter, Lou Gehrig biographer and HoF members as a writer; and two by Frederick G. Lieb, prolific writer and the first sportswriter inducted into the HoF. Three of the books – on the Cardinals, Dodgers and Pirates – have a name and address stamped on the flyleaf. The six books are: “The St. Louis Cardinals: The Story of a Great Baseball Club,” 1945 with 218 pages, vg-ex book, vg price-clipped dust jacket; “The Chicago Cubs,” 1946, dedicated to “P. K. Wrigley and the World’s Championship yet to come,” 248 pages, foxing on end pages, ex book, vg edges-clipped dust jacket; “The Brooklyn Dodgers: An Informal History,” 1945 with 248 pages, ex book, dust jacket f+, inside corners clipped and upper front corner missing; “The New York Giants: An Informal History,” 1952 with 308 pages, ex to ex-m with light foxing inside the covers and on the end pages, g+ dust jacket; “The Pittsburgh Pirates,” 1948 with 299 pages, vg-ex book, g-vg dust jacket with inside edges clipped; and “The Cincinnati Reds,” 1948 with 302 pages, ex book with some foxing on the first several pages, vg+ to ex dust jacket with inside corners clipped. Except for the book on the Cardinals, all of these books are apparent first editions. They are six of the eight books in the classic Putnam Series on National League teams.
Winning Bid $55     


Lot 455.  3 Classic Putnam Baseball Series Histories – One Signed by the Author. Written by leading sportswriters of the 1940s-50s, these hardcover books from G. P. Putnam’s Sons cover the Indians, Orioles and Tigers. Providing informative and entertaining accounts of the formation and development of these teams, they are part of a series of eight books covering the American League. Frederick G. Lieb wrote “The Baltimore Orioles” and “The Detroit Tigers.” A contributor to “The Sporting News” and the “Saturday Evening Post,” Lieb was the first sportswriter inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. His book on the Orioles is subtitled “The History of a Colorful Team in Baltimore and St. Louis.” It may be the most difficult to find among the Putnam team series. The 1955 book has a name and address stamped on both end pages, and these pages and the paper inside the covers show some stains. Vg-ex 246-page book in a g+ to vg dust jacket. Lieb’s 1946 book on the Tigers has 276 pages and is g+ to vg. The dust jacket is vg with each inside corner slightly clipped. Franklin Lewis, the author of “The Cleveland Indians,” AUTOGRAPHED THE FLYLEAF. His signature is nm-m 8 to mint 9. Known as “Whitey,” Lewis was an editor and columnist for “The Cleveland Press.” He died in 1958. His 1949 book, like the two others offered here, has a name and address stamped on the flyleaf and stains on the inside of the covers and on both end pages. Both the 276-page book and the dust cover are g+ to vg. These books are apparent first editions.
Winning Bid $40     


Lot 456.  3 Putnam Baseball Books – on the World Series, John McGraw and Connie Mack. These 1940s hardbacks are part of the G. P. Putnam’s Sons series of baseball books, which comprises team histories, biographies, the book here on the World Series and even a novel. Fredrick G. Lieb wrote two of these three books. A prolific writer, he produced articles for “The Sporting News” and the “Saturday Evening Post,” and he was the first writer inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. One of Lieb’s books is “The Story of the World Series: An Informal History,” 1949, illustrated with photos, 332 pages, vg book and dust jacket, which has the inside corners clipped. Lieb also wrote “Connie Mack: Grand Old Man of Baseball,” 1945 with 276 pages, vg-ex book with a name and addressed stamped on the flyleaf and light foxing on the first six and eight pages at the end. The dust jacket is g+ to vg with stains and foxing on the blank reverse. Frank Graham is the author of “McGraw of the Giants: An Informal Biography,” 1944 with 265 pages, vg book and g-vg dust jacket with inside corners clipped. Two pages inside the book have clipped upper corners; text is not affected. The World Series and Mack books are apparent first editions.
Winning Bid $50     


Lot 457.  2 Brooklyn Dodgers Team Histories, Both with Willard Mullin Covers. In 1948, Hastings House published John Durant’s “The Dodgers: An illustrated story of those unpredictable bums.” Durant’s career included a stint as a sportswriter at “The New York Times.” Subsequently he contributed to the “Saturday Evening Post,” Reader’s Digest” and “Look” and wrote books on various sports subjects. In “The New York Times Book Review,” a writer described “The Story of Baseball,” Durant’s previous book, as “the best words-and-pictures history of the game ever assembled.” In his book on the Dodgers, he follows this successful format, with a photo on almost every one of its 154 pages. The hardcover book is vg+ to ex with a g-vg dust jacket. Published in 1953 by A. S. Barnes and Company, “The Artful Dodgers,” written by “Tom Meany and Others,” focuses on the Dodgers of the 1940s and early 1950s. The “Others” comprise writers Dick Young, Bill Roeder, Arch Murray, Roscoe McGowan, Harold Rosenthal, Harold C. Burr and Gus Steiger. Their subjects, in a series of 15 articles, include the Dodgers organization, manager Charley Dressen, the team’s coaches, and such players as Jackie Robinson, Duke Snider, Gil Hodges, Roy Campanella, Pee Wee Reese, Carl Furillo and Billy Cox. Mullin wrote the book’s foreword, which includes a cartoon of Meany and the Brooklyn Bum. The 246-page book is vg-ex in a g-vg dust cover. Both books are apparent first editions.
Winning Bid $25     




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