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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 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 465.  Dec. 1925, March 1935 “Baseball Magazine” Issues with Pittsburgh Pirates Covers. Pirates’ manager Bill McKechnie and Washington manager Stanley Harris share the cover of the Dec. 1925 “World’s Champions’ Number” edition. In the photo, Harris congratulates McKechnie after Pittsburgh won the World Series in seven games. Inside, the Series receives extensive coverage. On the inside of the front cover is a reproduction of a J.F. Kernan painting of Christy Mathewson, who had passed away two months earlier. Vg issue with a 2.5” spine split at the top and pages that grade better. A portrait of Paul Waner, the 1934 N.L. batting champion, is the subject of the March1935 cover. “Big Poison” is pictured again in an article on the five top batters in both leagues. The magazine has articles also on Ty Cobb, Lou Gehrig, Walter Johnson, Babe Ruth and others. Two 1/8” punch holes run through the entire publication, one at the upper right, and the other, at the lower right. Without the punch holes, the magazine would be g-vg with vg-ex pages
Winning Bid $25     




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