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Baseball Autographs - Signed Books

  13 Lots      

Lot 225.  Signed First Edition Autobiography: “Crash: The Life and Times of Dick Allen.” Allen may be the best player without a place in the Baseball Hall of Fame. In 15 MLB seasons, the controversial star batted .292, drove in 1,119 runs and hit 351 home runs. He was the 1964 N.L. Rookie of the Year, the 1972 A.L. MVP, a two-time A.L. home run leader and a seven-time All-Star. Allen wrote his 1989 book with Tim Whitaker, an editor at “PhillySport” magazine. The hardback book is ex-m, a light stain on the front cover making it short of nm. The dust cover is vg+ to ex. Bill James called this book “one of the best baseball books in recent years.” Allen’s autograph on the title page is mint 9 to gem mint 10.
Winning Bid $92     

Lot 226.  Eliot Asinof Autographed Stated First Edition of “Eight Men Out.” Asinof’s thorough account of the 1919 World Series Black Sox scandal is a baseball classic. The book served as the basis for the 1988 John Sayles film with the same title, which Asinof co-wrote. The 1963 hardback is nm in an ex-m dust jacket. Asinof signed the title page; his signature is mint 9. Asinof played minor league ball in the Phillies’ organization. He passed away in 2008.
Winning Bid $185     

Lot 227.  The Henry Wiggen Quartet of Baseball Novels – 3 Signed by Author Mark Harris. Wiggen was a fictional pitcher for the “New York Mammoths” and the subject of four baseball novels by Harris: “The Southpaw” (1953), “Bang the Drum Slowly” (1956), “A Ticket for a Seamstitch” (1957), and “It Looked Like For Ever” (1979). Born on July 4, 1931 in Perkinsville, New York, Wiggin joined the Mammoths in 1952. His teammates nicknamed him “Author” because he was always writing. In fact, in three of the four novels, he is presented as the author on the title page, with Harris in a supporting role, such as: “Punctuation freely inserted and spelling greatly improved by Mark Harris.” Besides being an actual novelist, Harris worked as a university professor and journalist. Here are his four novels, all hardbacks, in chronological order: “The Southpaw,” 1953 stated first edition, ex book, f+ to g dust jacket, mint 9 flyleaf signature. “Bang the Drum Slowly,” 1956 stated first edition, ex-m book, vg-ex dj, unsigned. “A Ticket for Seamstitch,” 1957 stated first edition, vg book, no dj, gem mint 10 flyleaf autograph, personalized and dated Sept. 28, 1995. And “It Looked Like Forever,” 1979, ex-m book, vg+ dj, mint 9 signature on the flyleaf. Harris passed away in 2007.
Winning Bid $75     

Lot 228.  “The Cleveland Indians Flagpole Sitter 1949” Signed by the Sitter – Charley Lupica. This 1997 45-page softcover, extensively illustrated with photos, tells the story of Charley Lupica, an avid Cleveland Indians fan who spent 117 days on a flagpole platform in an effort to encourage his beloved Indians to repeat as American League and World Champions. The Indians were in seventh place when Lupica took up residence on the platform - 60 feet in the air above his Cleveland deli. Lupica’s son, Charles Lupica, Jr., wrote the book, which is a first edition, unused and nm-m to mint. Lupica Sr., the flagpole sitter, autographed the flyleaf; his signature is large and gem mint 10. His autograph is also on a business card that accompanies the book. Lupica died in 2003 at the age of 90. In the book, Lupica’s son wrote of his father: “Among Indians’ Fans, he has always been head, shoulders… and flagpole above them all.” Scarce, delightful book.
Winning Bid $35     

Lot 229.  Autographed Autobiography – “Sadaharu Oh: A Zen Way of Baseball.” Oh’s autographs is gem mint 10 on the title page of this 1984 first edition hardback, nm in a vg-ex dust jacket with sunning on the spine (dust jacket only). During his career in Nippon Professional Baseball as the first baseman for the Yomiuri Giants, Oh hit 868 home runs, the world lifetime record, drove in 2,170 runs, collected 2,390 walks and generated a slugging percentage of .634. He was inducted into the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame in 1994.
Winning Bid $110     

Lot 230.  Mike Schmidt Signed First Edition of His 2006 Book “Clearing the Bases.” Schmidt’s 199-page hardback examines what’s right and what’s wrong with baseball. His topics include astronomical payrolls, steroid-enhanced home run champions, the shortage of multi-talented hitters, owners and players indifferent to their fans, and the overall integrity of the game. During his playing career from 1972-89, Schmidt established himself as the best hitter ever among third basemen. He hit 548 homes runs, was a three-time N.L. MVP and 12-time All-Star and earned 10 Gold Gloves. He was selected for MLB’s All-Century Team in 1999 and was ranked the 28th best player of the century by “The Sporting News.” In his first year of eligibility in 1995, Schmidt was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame with support from 96.5 percent of the voters. His autograph on the book’s flyleaf is gem mint 10. The book is nm-m in an nm dust jacket.
Minimum Bid $35     

Lot 231.  Bill Veeck Autographed “The Hustler’s Handbook.” In this entertaining 1965 apparent first edition hardback, Veeck and co-author Ed Linn offer stories and opinions on numerous baseball figures, teams and events, including Judge Landis, Gussie Busch, Rabbit Maranville, Yogi Berra, Branch Rickey, the sale of the New York Yankees to CBS, the rise of the New York Mets and more. They provide new insights on the Black Sox Scandal based on the diary of Harry Grabiner, once the secretary for the Chicago White Sox. Veeck placed a mint 9 to gem mint 10 autograph on the book’s flyleaf. The book is near fine, tightly bound with some discoloration toward the bottom of the back cover. The dust jacket is g+ to vg, price-clipped with some soiling and a small chip and a crease on the front. Veeck was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991, five years after his passing in 1986. Linn wrote for “The Saturday Evening Post” and other publications, cooperated with Sandy Koufax and other baseball stars on their autobiographies, and created articles on other and sports and non-sport topics.
Minimum Bid $50     

Lot 232.  7 Signed Baseball Books – Ripken, Jenkins, Minoso, Bouton and Lee. This collection consists of biographies, memoirs and a self-help book. All are hardbacks. Two books are by Cal Ripken, Jr. “The Longest Season: The Story of the Orioles’ 1988 Losing Streak” is aimed at younger readers. Extensively illustrated by Ron Mazellan, the 2007 stated first impression book is nm-m with an ex-m dust jacket. Ripken’s autograph on the page facing the title page is large and gem mint 10. In “Get in the Game,” Ripken presents “8 Elements of Perseverance That Make the Difference.” He discusses in detail the elements, which include the right values and a strong will to succeed. Written with Donald T. Phillips, the 2007 book, a first edition, is mint with an ex-m to nm dust jacket. Ripken’s title page signature is mint 9. Ferguson Jenkins is the other Hall of Fame signer - on the title page of his 1973 first edition autobiography, “Like Nobody Else: the Ferguson Jenkins story as told to George Vass.” Jenkins’ autograph is mint 9. The book is nm, and the dj, vg-ex. Minnie Minoso tells the story of his life and career in “Just Call Me Minnie: My Six Decades in Baseball,” written with Herb Fagan, 1994 first edition, nm-m book and ex-m to nm dj with Minoso’s gem mint 10 signature on the flyleaf. Jim Bouton, the New York Yankees pitcher, presents baseball stories in two books, both with personalized autographs on the first title page, one mint 9 and the other, gem mint 10. Both are dated 6-27-93. The titles are “I’m Glad You Didn’t Take It Personally,” with Leonard Shecter, 1971 first edition ex-m book and vg+ dj. And “I Managed Good, But Boy Did They Play Bad” with Neil Offen, 1973 first edition, ex book and vg-ex dj with sunning on the spine. Another pitcher, Bill Lee, is responsible for the final book in this collection – “The Wrong Stuff,” 1984 first edition, ex-m+ book, vg+ to ex dj, gem mint 10 flyleaf signature, written with Dick Lally.
Winning Bid $75     

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 234.  9 Autographed Baseball Books – By Hoyt, Dravecky, Stieb, Lyons, Barney and 5 Authors. All hardbacks. Unless otherwise noted, signatures are personalized. Here is the complete list: 1. “Babe Ruth’s America,” with a full-page flyleaf inscription signed by Waite Hoyt with: “Love – Ellen & Waite Hoyt” and dated “9/7/74.” He also signed “Waite” at the end of a note taped inside the front cover. The 1974 book by Robert Smith is ex-m in a vg+ to ex dust jacket. Hoyt was the Yankees’ best pitcher of the 1920s. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1969 and died in 1984. His inscription and signatures are gem mint 10. 2. “Comeback,” Dave Dravecky flyleaf signature that is not personalized, mint 9 to gem mint 10, 1990, mint book and ex-m dj. 3. “Tomorrow I’ll Be Perfect,” mint 9 first title page signature by Dave Stieb, 1986 first edition, mint book, ex dj. 4. “Psychoanalysis,” gem mint 10 flyleaf signature by Steve Lyons, who added “Psycho,” 1995 first edition, mint book, ex-m dj. 5. “Rex Barney’s Orioles Memories 1969-1994,” flyleaf signed by Rex Barney and co-author Norman Macht, nm-m 8 signatures, 1994 first edition, nm book and dj. 6. “The Game,” second title page signed by author R. (Robert) Benson, 2001 first edition, ex book and dj. Gem mint 10 autograph; not personalized. 7. “Second to None: The Roberto Alomar Story,” flyleaf signed by co-author Stephen Brunt, gem mint 10 signature, 1993 first edition, ex-m book and dj. 8. “Fridays with Red (Barber): A Radio Friendship,” title page signed by Bob Edwards, mint 9 signature, not personalized, 1993, nm book, ex-m dj. 9. “The Men in Blue: Conversations with Umpires,” flyleaf signature by Larry Gerlach, gem mint 10, 1980, ex book, vg dj.
Winning Bid $55     

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 236.  4 Autographed Biographies of Chicago Cubs –Sandberg, Santo and Jenkins. All four books are hardbacks. Ryne Sandberg tells his story in “Second to Home: Ryne Sandberg Opens Up,” 1995, mint book and nm dust jacket. His title page autograph is gem mint 10. Sandberg was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2005. Ron Santo’s autograph is mint 9 to gem mint 10 on the title page of his autobiography, “Ron Santo: For the Love of Ivy.” The 1993 first edition is ex-m to nm in a vg+ to ex dust jacket. Santo was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012; he died in 2010. Ferguson Jenkins’ life and career are covered in two books: “Ferguson Jenkins: The Quiet Winner” by Stanley Pashko, 1975 first edition, a Putnam Sports Shelf book, ex in a vg+ dust jacket. And “Like Nobody Else: the Fergie Jenkins story” by Jenkins as told to George Vass, nm book, vg+ to ex price-clipped dust jacket. Jenkins autographed the title page of each book. The signatures are mint 9 to gem mint 10.
Winning Bid $83     

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     

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