1894 “Yale Murphy, the Great Short-Stop” from the New York Five-Cent Library.
Lot 118. 1894 “Yale Murphy, the Great Short-Stop” from the New York Five-Cent Library. Subtitled “The Little Midget of the Giant New York Team,” this 16-page story is attributed to “Billy Boxer, the Referee.” Only 5’3”, Murphy played for the New York Giants in 1894, 1895 and 1897. Subsequently, he coached football at Fordham, and basketball at Yale. His 1902-03 basketball team was the Helms National Champion. The paper for this magazine-format publication is somewhat brittle and shows some small edge chips and a tiny tear at the spine. “One of 1st baseball novels 1894” is lightly written in pencil on the cover. Murphy was only 36 when he died of pulmonary tuberculosis in 1906. This short novel based on Murphy’s life appears to be in short supply in any form. Winning Bid $20.