Lot 148. Bill Dickey VG 3 Autograph on an Unlined Index Card. Dickey had a 17-season Hall of Fame career as a catcher with the New York Yankees, 1928-43 and 1946. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1954. He died in 1993. All letters in his name are light but visible.
Minimum Bid $10
Lot 160. 5 Unlined Index Cards Autographed by Casey Stengel. With Stengel as their manager, the New York Yankees won seven World Series Championships in 12 seasons, 1949-60. They also captured three A.L. pennants, and in the two other seasons, finished second and third in the league standings. As an outfielder from 1912-25, Stengel batted .284 and was a member of New York Giants teams that won World Series in 1921 and 1922. The Yankees were the losers in both series. Stengel was one of baseball’s more colorful figures. Once asked what contributed to his managerial success, he replied “Keep the five guys who hate you away from the five who are undecided.” Sparky Anderson said of Stengel: "Casey knew his baseball. He only made it look like he was fooling around. He knew every move that was ever invented and some that we haven't even caught on to yet.” Stengel was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1966. He died in 1975. Two of Stengel’s autographs, one in pencil and one in ballpoint, are mint 9. Two others are nm-m 8, large and bold with uneven ink coverage. The fifth is nm 7 with a retrace on the “s” in Casey that clearly is in Stengel’s hand.
Winning Bid $273
Lot 172. Checks Signed by 7 Baseball Players – Houk, Herman, Reynolds, Thomson, Etc. All are signed on the front. A cancellation stamp infringes on four of the signatures. Otherwise, the autographs are nm-m 8 or better. Here are the details: Delmer Ennis (died 1996), outfielder for the Phils, Cardinals, Reds or White Sox, 1946-59. Ralph G. Houk (d. 2010), Yankees catcher 1947-54 and manager of the Yankees, Tigers or Red Sox. Henry W. Johnson (d. 1982), pitcher for the Yankees, Red Sox, A’s or Reds, 1925-39. F. C. (Babe) Herman (d. 1987), .324 lifetime average as an outfielder with six teams, 1926-37 and 1945. Allie P. Reynolds (d. 1994), pitcher and six-time All-Star with the Indians or Yankees, 1942-54. E. G. (Ernie) Shore (d. 1980), pitcher for the Giants, Red Sox or Yankees, 1912-20; his check contains three of his signatures, two on the front of the check and one on the back! R. B. (Bobby) Thomson (d. 2010), outfielder for five different teams, 1946-60, widely recognized for baseball’s “Shot Heard ‘Round the World.”
Winning Bid $40
Lot 177. Mickey Mantle and Duke Snider Beautifully Autographed 8” x 10” B&W Photo. The bold Sharpie signatures of these Hall of Fame center fielders are gem mint 10. The photo is triple-matted and framed to 13” x 15”. A 10-time All-Star, seven-time World Series champion and three time A.L. MVP, Mantle (died 1995) was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1974, his first year of eligibility. Snider (d. 2011) was enshrined in 1980. He was an eight-time All-Star and contributed to two World Championships for the Dodgers.
Winning Bid $240
Lot 181. Reggie Jackson Mint 9 Autograph on a 16” x 20” Black & White Photo. Nm photo shows Jackson batting for the New York Yankees. He ranks 14th on baseball’s all-time home run list with 563 and 27th on its RBI list with 1,702. “The Sporting News” ranked him among the best 50 players of the 20th century. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1993, his first year of eligibility.
Winning Bid $50
Lot 192. 5 Baseball HoF Autographs on 2 Multi-Signed B&W 8” x 10” Photos. The autographs are nm-m 8 unless otherwise noted. One photo is signed by “Bucky” Harris (HoF 1975, died 1977), Joe McCarthy (ex 5 signature; HoF 1957, d. 1978) and Lou Boudreau (HoF 1970, d. 2001), and the other, by Boudreau and Bob Feller (HoF 1962, d. 2010). Harris’ autograph is somewhat scarce. Harris played second base for the Washington Senators 1919-28 and then managed five different teams. He led the Senators and New York Yankees to World Series Championships and also won three league titles. With 2,158 wins, he is seventh on the all-time list.
Winning Bid $138
Lot 201. Dick Stuart Autographed March 19, 1966 “Sporting News.” Stuart was one of baseball’s characters. Through 10 MLB seasons, he put up some respectable numbers as a hitter - .264 career average, 228 home runs, 743 RBI and a .489 slugging percentage. Of course, he also struck out 957 times, for a .239 strikeout average, walked only 301 times and had a .316 on-base percentage. In the field, his defensive capabilities earned him the name “Dr. Strangeglove.” Stuart helped the Pittsburgh Pirates to win the 1960 World Championship, and he was the A.L. RBI leader in 1963. In 1961 for Pittsburgh, he batted .301, slugged 35 home runs, drove in 117 runs and played in both All-Star Games. He died in 2002. His autograph is mint 9 to gem mint 10 on the cover of the publication, which is complete, has two clipped corners and shows some aging along the right edge. Matted, the magazine and autograph would display nicely.
Winning Bid $20
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