5 1940s Baseball Annuals from Barnes, Whitman and Carmichael ("Who’s Who").
Lot 487. 5 1940s Baseball Annuals from Barnes, Whitman and Carmichael ("Who’s Who"). ) A. S. Barnes & Company became the publisher of Major League Baseball’s “official guide” for 1945 and 1946. In the aftermath of an ego-spat with J. G. Taylor Spink, Baseball Commissioner Landis withdrew authorization for “The Sporting News” to publish the official guide. When Happy Chandler became commissioner in 1947, “The Sporting News” again published the “Official Guide.” The Barnes publications are vg. The 1945 edition contains 480 pages of baseball statistics and other information and 94 pages of rules. The 1946 version was reduced to 288 pages on major and minor league baseball plus the rules. The 96-page 1946 Carmichael “Who’s Who in the Major Leagues” has a page of photos devoted to each Major League team. Vg with edge chips and tears at the bottom of the last 14 pages, but not the back cover. The Whitman “Major League Baseball” for 1945 has Marty Marion on the cover and 144 pages of statistics, information and some photos inside. Vg. Stan Musial is on the cover of the 1947 issue, which is a “Dell Book” published by Whitman. Vg+, 162 pages. Both issues have information on the All-American Girls Baseball League, the inspiration for the movie “A League of Their Own.” In fact, Sophie Kurys, the league’s 1946 Player of the Year, is pictured on the back cover of the 1947 edition. Winning Bid $25.