Lot 203. 5 Signed Baseball “Greatest Thrill” Letters – from Blyleven, Kiner, Lopez, Rizzuto, Slaughter. These five Hall of Fame stars handwrote their letters in response to request letters from baseball promotor and author Bill Hongach, who was a batboy for the New York Yankees in 1972 and 1973. Letters by Ralph Kiner, Phil Rizzuto and Enos Slaughter appear to have been written circa 1973. While somewhat brief, all contain excellent content. Kiner, for example, discusses his 1950 All-Star game home run in some detail. Home runs or All-Star games have a role in the greatest thrills described by Bert Blyleven, Al Lopez and Slaughter. Rizzuto’s love of the game is evident in his letter. Each player signed his letter. The autographs are mint 9. Lopez’s mailing envelope is included; on the reverse, he wrote his last name and address. Blyleven is the only living member of this Hall of Fame group.
Winning Bid $273
Lot 233. 9 Autographed Baseball Books – By Stargell, Nettles, John, Barney and 7 Authors. Seven hardbacks. All signatures are personalized. Here is the complete list: 1. “Willie Stargell,” flyleaf signed by Stargell and co-author Tom Bird, nm-m 8 signatures, 1984 stated first edition, nm book, ex-m dust jacket. Stargell died in 2001. 2. “Rex Barney’s Thank Youuuu,” flyleaf signatures by Barney and co-author Norman Macht, mint 9 signatures, 1993 stated first edition, nm book and dj. Barney died in 1997. 3. “The Tommy John Story,” flyleaf signed by John, mint 9, 1978 apparent first edition, ex-m book, ex price-clipped dj. 4. “Balls,” flyleaf signed by Graig Nettles, gem mint 10 signature, 1984, nm book, ex-m dj. 5. “Our Game: An American Baseball History,” first title page signed by author C. (Charles) Alexander, gem mint 10, ex-m+ book, ex+ dj. 6. “Beisbol: Latin Americans and the Grand Old Game,” flyleaf signatures by authors Michael Oleksak and Mary Adams Oleksak, mint 9 to gem mint 10, 1991 first edition, nm book and ex-m dj. 7. “The Veracruz Blues: A Novel,” both title pages signed by author Mark Winegardner, mint 9 to gem mint 10, 1996 first edition, ex-m book, ex dj. 8. “Slide, Katie, Slide!” with the inside of the front cover signed by author Joe E. Palmer, mint 9, 1994 softcover, vg-ex. 9. “When Women Played Hardball,” title page signed by author Susan Johnson, mint 9, 1999 first edition, ex-m.
Winning Bid $50
Lot 235. Hank Aaron and Lou Brock Autographs and 7 Author-Signed Baseball Books. Aaron’s autograph is personalized and nm-m 8 on an offset-print 3.75” x 5.5” photo. Lou Brock signed a 1969 Topps All-Star card #428; his signature in nm 7 to nm-m 8. He died last September. There also is an envelope signed by Si Burick, a “Dayton Daily News” sportswriter who was inducted into the writers’ section of the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983. He placed a mint 9 signature on the envelope, which commemorates his HoF induction. Burick wrote a biography of Sparky Anderson and another book on the LA Dodgers. Here is a list of the books, seven hardbacks, including three on the Yankees. Unless otherwise noted, the autographs are personalized: 1. “The Best Team Money Could Buy (1977 Yankees),” Steve Jacobson flyleaf autograph, mint 9 to gem mint 10, 1978 stated first edition, ex+ book, vg-ex dust jacket. 2. “The Last Yankee (Billy Martin),” mint 9 David J (Falkner) signature, 1992 first edition, nm book, ex-m price-clipped dj. 3. “Stengel,” Robert W Creamer autograph, not personalized, mint 9 on an inserted section of paper, 1984 first edition, ex book and dj. 4. “I Had a Hammer (Hank Aaron),” mint 9 to gem mint 10 signature by Aaron’s co-author, Lonnie Wheeler, on the title page, 1991 stated first edition, mint book, ex-m dj. 5. “Rookie Season,” autograph of author Branson Wright on the first title page, not personalized, gem mint 10, 1995 apparent first edition softcover, ex-m+. 6. “Bleachers: A Summer in Wrigley Field,” second title page mint 9 signature by Lonnie Wheeler, 1988 apparent first edition, vg-ex book and dj. 7. “Up Close,” Roy Firestone mint 9 on the flyleaf, 1993, ex-m book, ex price-clipped dj. 8. “Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson’s First Season,” not signed, written by Jonathan Eig, 2007, ex-m to nm book and dj.
Winning Bid $50
Lot 237. 4 Signed Novels with a Baseball Focus or Storyline Including “Strike Zone. ” And as a bonus, an unsigned novel as well. All of the books are hardbacks. 1. Jim Bouton, the New York Yankees pitcher who wrote “Ball Four” and Eliot Asinof, best known as the author of “Eight Men Out,” collaborated to create “Strike Zone.” Within a single fixed game, the book presents the life-and-death struggle between a 32-year-old rookie pitcher and a 60-year-old umpire forced into retirement and officiating his final game. The 1994 book is nm-m in an nm dust jacket. Bouton and Asinof placed mint 9 to gem mint 10 autographs on the title page. 2. Among science fiction and fantasy readers, Michael Bishop may be as recognizable as Bouton and Asinof are among baseball fans. His “Brittle Innings” novel presents a science fiction storyline involving two very different ballplayers during the 1943 season of a Class C fictional baseball team in Georgia. The two men forge a kinship that ultimately is tested by their ambition to reach the Major Leagues and by other critical factors. The 1994 first edition is nm and has an ex-m+ dust jacket. The book won the 1995 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel and was a finalist for the 1995 Hugo Award for Best Novel and other awards. Bishop’s other books have garnered numerous awards. His annotated autograph on the page facing the title page is mint 9. 3. One reviewer wrote that “The Veracruz Blues” by Mark Winegardner “has to be the saddest and most joyous baseball novel since ‘Bang the Drum Slowly’.” The setting for Winegardner’s novel is the 1946 Mexican League, populated by Major Leaguers who returned from World War II and were lured to Mexico by contracts far more generous than those being offered by MLB owners. The 1996 first edition is nm-m in an ex-m to nm dust jacket. Winegardner also wrote “The Godfather Returns” and “The Godfather’s Revenge.” His title page signature is nm-m 8 to mint 9. 4. A romance story in a collection of baseball novels? Yes, that’s “The Sweetheart Season,” a 1996 stated first edition romantic comedy novel by Karen Joy Fowler. The “Sweethearts” in Fowler’s novel are members of a women’s baseball team in post-War 1947 Minnesota. The team’s story is told years later by the daughter of one of the players. Whether her representation of what happened is accurate, or a version shaped by the 1960s and her experiences and biases, adds a significant dramatic element to the story, which also has historical and fantasy elements. The book is ex, and the dust jacket, nm. One of Fowler’s books was on the “New York Times’” list of bestsellers for 13 weeks. Her novels have received numerous awards. Her title page autograph is unimprovable, gem mint 10 5. “Chance” by Steve Shilstone, 1996 stated first edition, vg+ to ex book that shows soiling on the cover and has clean mint pages. The dust jacket also is vg+ to ex. This quirky book recounts the story of Chance Caine, a fictional Hall of Fame shortstop who provides unreliable and untruthful information to the narrator presenting his story. This book is not signed.
Minimum Bid $25
Lot 238. Impressive, Informative, Entertaining 1932-40 World Series Scrapbook. Two volumes make up this scrapbook, which contains more than 1,000 pages of photos, articles, opinion columns, illustrations - and a poem. Everything is from vintage newspapers, except for the score sheets. The young woman who assembled the scrapbook neatly scored at-bats using basic scoring techniques.
The scrapbook covers the following World Series; the numbers in parentheses provide the total scrapbook pages devoted to the series: 1932 World Series - the Yankees swept the Cubs in 4 games (38 pages); 1933 - the Giants, 4 games, and the Senators, 1 (99 pages); 1934 - the Gashouse Gang Cardinals over the Tigers, 4 games to 3 (189 pages); 1935 - Tigers 4, Cubs 2 (121); 1936 - Yankees 4, Giants 2 (153); 1937 - Yankees 4, Giants 1 (118); 1938 - Yankees sweep the Cubs again (134); 1939 - another Yankees sweep, against the Reds (94); and 1940 - Reds 4, Tigers 3 (114 pages).
Several thousand photos provide player portraits, game action, whole teams and even an analysis of a pitcher’s wind-up and delivery. For 1932, Babe Ruth is in six photos, and Lou Gehrig, 7. For 1936, Joe DiMaggio, who would have been Rookie of the Year had the award existed, appears in 17 photos. Lou Gehrig is pictured 10 times. Managers and team stars are shown for each year. Team photos are present for most series. Photo sizes vary widely. Almost all of these photo news clippings are black & white. Beginning in 1935, there are some color player photos, including Mickey Cochrane, Schoolboy Rowe, Carl Hubbell and Bill Terry.
Articles and columns are by such notable writers as Damon Runyon, Grantland Rice, Paul Gallico, Joe Williams (“The New York World‐Telegram & The Sun”), Bill Corum (New York sports writer and, later, the Churchill Downs president credited with creating the “The Run for the Roses” slogan), Bob Considine, Hy Turkin (co-edited the first baseball encyclopedia), George Kirksey (UPI) and Charles Dunkley (AP). Rice also contributed the poem, titled “The Saga of the Deans.” These articles provide insights and details that don’t readily appear in an Internet search.
Especially in 1934, numerous columns are attributed to World Series players, and some are controversial, entertaining or both. In one column, Cardinals shortstop Leo Durocher predicted the Gashouse Gang would defeat the Tigers in five games and, in the process, mocked two Detroit batters. (The Cardinals needed seven games.) In another, he harshly criticized umpire Brick Owen. In his column, Dizzy Dean described Hank Greenberg as “a nice kid” who “can hit a ball a long ways” and then invited him to his winter baseball school so “I can help him with his hitting and a lot of things. He’s too soft as a hitter.” A column attributed to Babe Ruth is headlined “Ruth Acclaims Dizzy (Dean) Hero of the Series.” Other columns are from Goose Goslin, Mickey Cochrane and Chas Gehringer.
Scrapbook pages, especially from the mid-1930s, contain excellent cartoon-style illustrations by Hardin “Jack” Burnley and others. Burnley is recognized among comic collectors, although much of his work for DC Comics was uncredited. In 1940, for “World’s Fair Comics” #2, he created a cover with Superman, Batman and Robin appearing together for the first time. He also worked on Superman and Batman newspaper comic strips. More than 20 of his illustrations, depicting such stars as Babe Ruth, Mel Ott, Carl Hubbell and Joe Cronin, are in the scrapbook. A Willard Mullin 6.25” x 12” illustration of Hank Greenberg is among the 1935 clippings. Other cartoonists and illustrators include J. Wolter, Jack Sords, Reamer Keller and Burris Jenkins, Jr.
The teams represented in the two volumes of this scrapbook are the Yankees, Giants, Senators, Cardinals, Tigers and Reds. A significant amount of Yankees material is present. They were the World Champions in five of the nine World Series.
The scrapbook also has a Pittsburgh connection. Most clippings came from Pittsburgh newspapers. As a result, articles and columns are included by Harvey J. Boyle, “Post-Gazette” sports editor, and Chet Smith, “Pittsburgh Press” sports editor, and future editors, Al Abrams and Les Biederman. In addition, for a couple of World Series, Pittsburgh’s Honus Wagner provides brief comments and observations. Jack Berger, artist for the “Press,” created illustrations of Greenberg, Hubbell and several other players.
Each scrapbook page is 7.5” x 14”. Together, the two volumes are almost 8” high. The earlier volume, which covers 1932-36, contains approximately 600 pages. Clippings are on only one side of each page. The 1937-40 volume has clippings on both sides of each scrapbook sheet. Each clipping is held in place with small pieces of tape, about 1/8” x ½”, at the corners or along the edges. The scrapbook sheets are somewhat brittle and have chips along the edges, while the clippings remain pliable.
Hours of enjoyable reading and some uncommon baseball research material await the next owner of this unusual World Series scrapbook, which a young fan neatly completed more than eight decades ago.
Winning Bid $360
Lot 241. "Baseball Magazine" Nov. 1916 “World Series Number” with Babe Ruth, Red Sox Pitcher. With a colorful illustration on the front cover, this issue is loaded with interesting baseball information on the World Series and other topics. Photos are abundant, showing Ruth as a Red Sox pitcher; Mordecai Brown and Christy Mathewson shaking hands; Ty Cobb; Jack Coombs and Wilbert Robinson; Harry Hooper and many more. Ruth is pictured on page 31 with a caption that reads “Babe Ruth of the Formidable Red Sox Pitching Staff.” There are articles on Jake Daubert; “Who Will Win the World’s Championship?”; Ray Schalk, “The American League’s Premier Catcher”; Grover Alexander; Harry Coveleskie; and “The Greatest Race in Baseball History.” In the 1916 World Series, Ruth and Red Sox beat the Brooklyn Robbins in five games. In Game 2, Ruth went the distance, beating Brooklyn 2-1 in 14 innings. In the first inning, he gave up an inside-the-park home run. After that, he pitched 13 scoreless innings and did not allow a hit after the eighth inning. He also drove in the tying run. The back cover of the magazine has been removed, and the front cover is g. The inside pages are vg-ex.
Winning Bid $201
Lot 256. “Damn Yankees” 1955 Musical Comedy Collectibles – Music and a Magazine. Three items relate to the 1955 musical comedy, which retells the Faust legend. Set in Washington, D.C., in the early 1950s when the New York Yankees dominated baseball, it is based on Douglass Wallop’s novel “The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant.” Wallop and George Abbott wrote the play, and Richard Adler and Jerry Ross provided the music. Songs from the show are captured on three 45 rpm records in a “Damn Yankees” album presented here. The records contain 15 original cast recordings, including “Whatever Lola Wants” and “You’ve Got to Have Heart.” The records are mint -, and the album jacket, vg with stains on the front cover. Accompanying the music is a June 13, 1955 issue of “Time” with Gwen Verdon, star of the play, on the front cover. Inside is a three-page article on the show. The magazine is vg+ with a label. Also, a Playbill from the Forty-Sixth Street Theatre with information on the show. The front cover is missing, and some of the pages are loose. Enjoy the music and a journey through “Time”!
Winning Bid $10
Lot 257. 1955 & 1956 “Sports Illustrated” with Yogi Berra and Billy Martin Covers. 7-11-55 “SI” All-Star Game preview with Berra wearing the tools of ignorance. 4-23-56 “SI” with the Yanks’ “sparkplug.” Everyone recalls Billy as the firebrand manager of the 1970s, but here, in his youth, he strikes a calmer, but intense, pose. Both issues are vg-ex with mailing labels.
Winning Bid $35
Lot 264. 8 First Day of Issue Envelopes with a Babe Ruth Stamp and Photo or Illustration. The U.S. Postal Service issued the Babe Ruth stamp on July 6, 1983, in Chicago. The date marks the 50th anniversary of the first Baseball All-Star game. Ruth contributed a two-run home run as the American League defeated the National, 4-2, at Comiskey Park in Chicago. All eight of the 6 ½” x 3 5/8” envelopes have a July 6, 1983 Chicago postmark. There are four different envelopes, all with the Ruth stamp, among the eight. Three identified as “Double Play Cards-1” have an artist’s portrait of Ruth and a representation of a 1935 Ruth promotional offer from Quaker Oats. Two are “Double Play Cards-2” with a photo of Ruth pitching for the Boston Red Sox and noting that he “smashed an unprecedented 29 home runs” that season. Two more are “Double Play Cards-3” reproducing the front cover of the April 20, 1935 “Literary Digest,” which presents Ruth as a batter. One envelope is from a different series, J:M, and marked as “3 of 10.” Below a photo of Ruth batting, it identifies him as “The Red Sox Home Run king who astonished the baseball world by clouting twenty-nine homers in 1919.” Very nice Ruth collection. Ex-m.
Winning Bid $20
Lot 278. 4 1910s-1920s Draper -Maynard Sporting Goods Ads, Some with Players. One of these attractively designed magazine ads covers two pages. The D&M Co. was out of Boston and recognized as the Lucky Dog brand because of its logo featuring a Dalmatian. These four ads present all sorts of D&M products, including baseballs, gloves, footballs, helmets, basketballs, catchers gear, tennis racquets, basketballs, etc. An excellent 1921 ad (11” x 14”) shows two gloves with facsimile signatures of many of the players endorsing their products, including Casey Stengel, Harry Hooper, Billy Southworth, “Muddy” Ruel, Waite Hoyt, Ping Bodie and Babe Ruth. The two-page 1923 ad provides some D&M history and presents more than 30 of the company’s products. A 1919 ad makes a connection between the lessons of sports and the characteristics that helped young American servicemen to be successful in the war ended only several months earlier. A young batter is at the center of a 1924 advertisement for D&M baseball equipment. Overall, these ads are vg-ex attention-grabbing display items.
Winning Bid $25
Lot 279. 11 1930s-1966 Ads Featuring Lou Gehrig or Babe Ruth. One of the most interesting entries in this collection of magazine ads is a full-page promotion for the 1948 “Babe Ruth Story” starring William Bendix and Claire Trevor. A 1949 one-column x 6.5” ad promotes the “Official Babe Ruth Wrist Watch” for $7.95. Two full-page ads and a half-page version, all different, feature Baby Ruth candy bars from Curtiss. Two of the ads are from the mid-1950s, and the other, from the 1940s or early 1950s. A 1937 half-page ad is for Sinclair Gasoline. There are four Gehrig ads, two for Aqua Velva, 1937, both one column, one 4.5”, and the other, 6”. A full-page 1935 Wheaties ad has a 2.5” x 3” inset with Gehrig endorsing Wheaties. And in a half-page ad from 1936, Gehrig nominates Gillette Safety Razors “For Clean-up King.” Gehrig and Ruth both appear in a 1966 ad 100 for Pipers scotch. These ads average vg-ex.
Winning Bid $20
Lot 280. 8 Wheaties or Grape Nuts 1930s-50s Ads with DiMaggio, Mantle, Dean, Grove, Kaline. This lot starts with a Lefty Grove Wheaties endorsement in a 2.25” x 2” inset in a full-page ad. There are two different 1941 Joe DiMaggio Wheaties ads – one full-page (10.5” x 13.5”) in color from 1941 and one b&w and 5.5” x 11”. Wheaties also receives support in a 1956 two-page ad featuring Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Ted Kluszewski and Al Kaline. Also, a 10.75” x 15.5” color comic 1951 Wheaties ad with a baseball setting and artwork by Graham Hunter. Three different 1935 Dizzy Dean Winners ads for Grape Nuts feature prizes, including a bat pin, ring and good luck piece. These b&w ads are 5” x 13”. The overall condition of this group is vg-ex.
Minimum Bid $25
Lot 281. 5 Late-1940s “Always Buy Chesterfield” Ads with DiMaggio, Hogan and Other Sports Stars. Probably the most colorful of the cigarette ads, these creations were issued by Chesterfield Cigarettes 1946-49. The images of the greats of the period tend to pop off the pages! Three of these advertisements, all from magazines, present only baseball players: 1. Ted Williams and Stan Musial, 8.5” x 11.5”. 2. Joe DiMaggio, Musial, Williams, Ewell Blackwell, Bucky Harris and Bob Elliott, 10.25” x 13.5”. 3. Bill Dickey and Mel Ott, 10.25” x 14”. The ads with multiple sports represented are: 4. DiMaggio, Frankie Albert, Lou Boudreau, Ben Hogan and Jack Kramer, two-page spread, 14” x 20.5”. 5. Bobby Riggs, Sid Luckman, Adolph Kiefer, Nat Homan, Lloyd Mangrum, Williams and Musial, approximately 9.75” x 12.5”. Generally, these ads are ex. Ad #5 has a stain in each of the upper corners. Ad #4 has a chip along the bottom edge where the two pages are joined. The Dickey-Ott ad has a slightly irregular left boarder. All of the ads display very nicely.
Winning Bid $30
Lot 284. 5 1950s Tobacco Ads with Athletes Such as Mantle, Spahn, Lemon, Wynn, Berra, Etc. These ads are from magazines. Three different for Camels range from 9.75” x 12.5” to 10.5” x almost 14”. Mickey Mantle is in two of them, and so are Early Wynn, Red Schoendienst, Ted Kluszewski and Harvey Haddix. Bob Lemon and Warren Spahn are in all three. Richie Ashburn, Yogi Berra, Enos Slaughter, Billy Martin also make appearances. One ad is vg and two are vg-ex; one is mounted on stiff paper. Mantle appears in two two-page ads. In an ad for Phillies Cigars, he is on one page, and one of his sons, on another. The ad offers a Rawlings baseball glove and an “autographed color picture of Mickey Mantle” for 20 Phillies cigar bands and $3.39. The pages are divided and vg-ex. In the other two-page ad, Mantle joins Sam Snead, Zoe Ann Olsen and Pancho Gonzales in endorsing Viceroy Cigarettes. The pages remain joined and have holes where staples once held them in place; otherwise, ex.
Winning Bid $20
Lot 285. 10 1950s-60s Mickey Mantle Magazine Ads - Timex, Kodak, Lifebuoy, Haggar Slacks, Etc. Ex condition group – all featuring Mantle as a New York Yankees star. Eight of the ads are full-page, and one occupies two pages from an issue of “Boy’s Life.” All different, including two Timex, Brookfield Clothes, two different in color promoting prize offerings from the Junior Sales Club of America, Lifebuoy Soap with a coupon for a booklet by Mantle on how to hit, Bantron stop smoking tablets, Kodak – color ad, Weller Power Tools, and a half page for Haggar Slacks.
Winning Bid $25