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Wille Mays: The Say-Hey Kid (Sport Magazine Library No. 6)

By Arnold Hano

New York: Batholomew House, 1961. First edition. Softcover. Fine. Firts edition. Color photo illustrated softcovers. Generally fine, tight copy, inevitable embrowning to the text. 159 pp. Mid-career biography of baseball great Willie Mays. Quite uncommon in this condition.

$12.50

Baseball's Greatest Players: From Ty Cobb to Willie Mays (vintage paperback)

By Tom Meany

New York: Dell, 1955. First edition thus. Softcover. Good. Firts paperback edition. Color illustrated softcovers. Good with some creasing to the covers. 288 pp. Short bios of famed sportswriter Tom Meany's choices for greatest ever baseball players. Among his choices: Ruyh, Gehrig, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, Ty Cobb, Ted Williams, Willie Mays.

$10.00

Magic Names of Baseball (Intimate Sketches of Famous Ballplayers)

By Larry Woltz and Bill Cartan

Chicago: Metropolitan Publishers, 1932. Softcover. Very Good. Illustrated heavy stock softcovers with a photo portrait of Cap Anson. Very good, light edge wear and faint creasing, ownership signature top edge of title page. 32 pp. Illustrated with humorous drawings by Jo Metzer. Inside front cover is a memorial for Cubs owner William Wrigley, Jr. who died in January of 1932; the inside rear cover is a similar memorial for Charles Comiskey, 19th century palyer and the owner of the Chicago White Sox who has died in October, 1931. Biographical sketches of the top baseball stars of the first two and a half decades of the 20th century. Featured are: Rube Waddell, Nap Lajoie, Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson, Tris Speaker, Johnny Evers, Joe Jackson, Ray Schalk, and Babe Ruth.

$35.00

Game of My Life: Philadelphia Phillies: Memorable Stories of Phillies Baseball
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Game of My Life: Philadelphia Phillies: Memorable Stories of Phillies Baseball

By Bob Gordon

Sports Publishing Llc, 2008. First edition. Hardcover. Fine/fine. Fine in bright, crisp dust jacket. Hradcover. 223 pp. Illustrated with photos. first printing. Sportswriter Bob Gordon offers a host of Philadelphia Philles' players memories about the game they consider their most memorable. 31 players are represented, from emmbers of the 1950 Whiz Kids such as Curt Simmons and Maje McDonell, the 1980 World Champs like Dickie Noles and John Vukovich, Gary Matthews and his 1983 NLCS MVP, and members of the ill-fated 1964 team like Johnny Callison and Jack Baldschun.

$12.95

The Pittsburgh Crawfords: The Lives and Times of Black Baseball's Most Exciting Team
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The Pittsburgh Crawfords: The Lives and Times of Black Baseball's Most Exciting Team

By James Bankes

Brown & Benchmark Pub, 1991. First edition. Paperback. Fine. First edition softcover original (not issued in hardcover). Fine. Glossy illustrated softcovers. xii+ 173 pp. with index. Illustrated with vintage photographs. History of one of the most iconic Negro League baseball teams of the 1930s, Gus Greenlee's Pittsburgh Crawfords. The Pittsburgh numbers boss bought the team in 1931 and with stars such as Satchel Paige, Cool Papa Bell, Josh Gibson, Judy Johnson and manager Oscar Charleston, they were among the strongest Negro National League teams.

$16.50

Big-Time Baseball 1956
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Big-Time Baseball 1956

By Don Moran

New York: Hart, 1956. Softcover. Very Good. Uncommon. Oversized in color illustrated softcovers. 1932 pp. Illustrated with drawings by Sydney Weiss, cartoons, andphotos of then-current major league stars such as many of the Brooklyn Dodgers (Campanella, Furillo, Snider, Hodges) Banks, Kluszewski, Aaron, Mays, Ashburn, Mantle, Ford, and several others. "A panorama of the National Sport as Played in the Major Leagues", with sections on "The All Star first eam" (Ruth, Gehrig, Wahner, Traynor, Walter Johnson, etc; "The All Star Scrub Team" (some scrubs--Mathewson, Sisler, Lajoie, Speaker, Ted Williams, Musial, etc); records, "wonders", "blunders", anecdotes and famous historical feats, "Baseball'd Zanies" (Waddell, Babe Herman, Dizzy Dean, Germany Schaefer, Lefty Gomez); facts and figures. Very good, crease to the front cover.

$27.50

Columbus Slaughters Braves: A Novel.
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Columbus Slaughters Braves: A Novel.

By Mark Friedman

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2001. First edition. Hardcover. Fine/fine. First edition/printing. Fine in fine dust jacket. Hardcover. 200 pp. Joe Columbus is an ordinary guy but his brother CJ, however, is anything but---he's the Chicago Cubs star third baseman, In a voice both humorous and plaintive, Joe tells of his brother's remarkable ascent form the sandlots to Wrigley Field as well a sthe rift that develops between the two that is healed only by tragedy.

$10.00

But Didn't We Have Fun?: An Informal History of Baseball's Pioneer Era, 1843-1870
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But Didn't We Have Fun?: An Informal History of Baseball's Pioneer Era, 1843-1870

By Peter Morris

Chicago: Ivan R. Dee, 2008. Hardcover. As New/as new. As new in dust jacket. Hardcover. vii+ 286 pp. with bibliography, index. Illustrated with period reproductions and photos of teams, people, games, etc. Long before eight-figure contracts, electronic sign-stealing, hugh cabel TV deals,a nd electronic replay, the American game of baseball evolved from a British children's game (no, it wasn't "invented" by Abner Doubleday) first to a sport played by amateur club teams in the mid-19th century and exploded natiion-wide after the Civil War. This lively history looks at the early amateur days and the social clubs that sponsored local teams, how the game was played, the evolution of bats, balls, bases and the playing field, intercity competition and civic pride, and the eventual emergence with openly professional teams beginning with the 1869-70 undefeated Cincinnati Red Stockings.

$14.95

Ted Williams The Biography of an American Hero (Large Print edition)
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Ted Williams The Biography of an American Hero (Large Print edition)

By Leigh Montville

Random House Large Print, 2004. Hardcover. As New/as new. As new in dust jacket. First large print edition (stated). Hardcover. xv+ 992 pp. with bibliography, index. Illustrated. The definitive biography of Boston Red Sox great, Baseball Hall of Famer, and American war hero Ted Williams. Williams (1918-2002) was a native of San Diego and joined the Red Sox in1939. In 1941 he hit .401 (the last major leaguer to achieve a .400+ batting average in the modern era) but World War II interrupted his career when he became a fighter pilot. Wiliams again left baseball in 1952 to fly combat missions in the Korean War, flying 39 missions including one in which he crash-landed his flaming, smoke filled plane. He played with Boston through the 1960 season, hitting a home run in his final major leage at bat in Fenway Park. This work also, however, details his often colorful off field life and even the controversy with the family after his death over the disposition of his remains.

$39.50

Newark Bears: The Final Year

By Randolph Linthurst

West Trenton, NJ: by the author, 1981. First edition. Softcover. Very Good. First printing. Softcover in photographic striff wraps. 90 pp. Illustrated with photographs. Very good. The final book in the author's three-volume history of baseball's stories minor league team, the Newark Bears. This volume covers the years 1945-1950. During their final years they were part of the International League, baseball's highest classification minor league, and the New York Yankees' top minor league affiliate, playing their home games at Ruppert Stadium in Newark's Ironbound section.

$25.00

Separating the Men from the Boys: The First Half-Century of the Carolina League
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Separating the Men from the Boys: The First Half-Century of the Carolina League

By Jim L. Sumner

John F Blair Pub, 1994. First edition. Hardcover. fine/fine. Firts printing. Fine in fine dust jacket. Hardcover. x+ 260 pp. with statistical appendix, bibliography, index. Illustrated, History of professional baseball's Carolina League, a minor leage that was established for the 1945 season. It's most famous team, the Durham Bulls, were featured in the Kevin Kostner film "Bull Durham" but over the decades future majoe leage stars such as Dave Parker, Dwight Gooden, Lenny Dykstra, Wade Boggs, and Barry Bonds played with some of its teams.

$12.95

Screwball
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Screwball

By David Ferrell

William Morrow, 2003. First edition. Hardcover. New/new. First edition/printing. As new in dust jacket. Hardcover. 307 pp. Fiction. The Boston Red Sox haven't won a World Series since 1918. Finally there is hope---from rural Texas comes a rookie phenom whose fastball clocks in at 100 mph. And he can play the outfield and hit. The Sox become a sudden juggernaut but there's a problem. Murder seems to be stalking the club; Chicago, Detroit, Kansas City, wherever they play a ritualistic killer strikes.

$12.95

The Phillies Reader
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The Phillies Reader

By Richard Orodenker (ed.)

Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1996. First edition. Hardcover. As New/as new. As new in dust jacket. First printing. Hardcover. 302 pp. A rich collection of baseball literature that chronicles the dramatic history of baseball's Philadelphia Phillies. From Ed Delahanty's 4-home run day in 1896, through the earliest glory years of Connie Mack's championships, the dark decades, the Whiz Kids of 1950, the Gene Mauch years, the Frank Lucchesi years, the Danny Ozark era and the championship seasons of the 1980.

$17.95

Christy Mathewson
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Christy Mathewson

By Gene Schoor

New York: Messner, 1953. First edition. Hardcover. Very Good. First edition. Hardcover in dark tan cloth stamped in black. Very good, couple light soiled spots, prev. owner's bookplate front pastedown and owership signatures on the verso of the front flyleaf and half title page. No jacket. Composite photo frontispiece. 180 pp. with index. One of the earliest and hardest to find of the Messner baseball biographies.

$16.50

Lightning in a Bottle: The Sox of '67
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Lightning in a Bottle: The Sox of '67

By Herbert F. Crehan with James W. Ryan

Boston: Branden Books, 1992. Hardcover. Fine. As new. Color illustrated glossy softcovers. 260 pp. with index. A reminiscence of the 1967 "Impossible Dream" Boston Red Sox, issued 25 years after the surged to their first American League pennant in over 30 years (and their first winning season since 1958) . Led by AL MVP and Triple Crown winner Carl Yastrzemski and 22 game and AL Cy Young Award winner Jim Lonborg, the Bosox won the American League pennant by a single game on the final day of the regular season.

$12.95

London: The Dog Who Made The Team (in original dust jacket)
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London: The Dog Who Made The Team (in original dust jacket)

By David Malcolmson

New York: Duell, Sloan, & Pearce, 1963 . First edition. Hardcover. Good/very good. First edition (stated). Hardcover. 100 pp. Illustrated with photos. The uncommon pictorial dust jacket (featuring the title dog playing catch with a Los Angeles Dodger player), is very good, price clipped and with some light wear at tips and light creasing top edge front panel. The covers of the book regrettably, have been scribbed on by a youngster in red marker. The true story of London, a German shepherd beloning to a minor league baseball player; when pitched Chuck Eisnemann (who got a high as AAA) was forced to leave the Chicago White Sox organization with a bad arm, he taught London baseball. When Chuck made his comeback with an independent team, London went with him and took part in warmups, shagging balls, pepper games and acted as "batboy" ("batdog"?). His fame grew and eventually led tpo TV interviews and movie roles.

$22.50

The Texas League 1888-1987: A Century of Baseball
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The Texas League 1888-1987: A Century of Baseball

By Bill O'Neal

Eakin Pr, 1987. Paperback. Very Good. Softcovers. xiv+389 pp. with index, statistical appendices. Illustrated. Very good, light wear to the covers and some notations on the rear inside cover. The history of the Texas League from the late 1880s through the late 1980s. After a general history of this upper level minor league, the book looks at the teams of each of the ntowns that have been represented over the decades,

$10.00

Roy Campanella (in dust jacket)
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Roy Campanella (in dust jacket)

By Dick Young

New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1952 . Reissue. Hardcover. Fine/very good. Hardcover. 158 pp. with section of photos at front. A title in The Big League Library series. Fine in very good, price clipped dust jacket, some wear to the extremities and touch of spine fade. Jacket design features the Willard Mullin portrait drawing of Campanella (this jacket varies considerably from that of the A.S. Barnes first edition). Sports biography of Brooklyn Dodgers catcher and Hall of Famer Roy Campanella. After a number of years in the Negro Leagues, Campanella joined the Dodgers in 1948, the season follwing Jackie Robinson's appearance. He was a lynchpin of the great Dodgers teams of the late 40s and 1950s, winning three National League MVP awards and appearing in five World Series. His career was cut short when during the winter of m1957-58 he was in a one car auto accident that left him a quadraplegic. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1969 and died in 1993.

$19.50

You've Got to Have Balls to Make It in This League: My Life As an Umpire
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You've Got to Have Balls to Make It in This League: My Life As an Umpire

By Pam Postema

Simon & Schuster, 1992. First edition. Hardcover. Fine/fine. First edition/printing. Fine in fine dust jacket. Hardcover. 256 pp. The personal story of Pam Postema, the first woman to umpire professional baseball games. She worked in the minor leagues for 13 years beginning in 1977 in the Gulf Coast League. She moved up the ladder, eventually being hired by the AAA Pacific Coast League, one level below the major leagues. in 1988 she became the first woman to umpire a major league spring training game. She had been championed by Commissioner Bart Giamatti but his death in 1989 short circuited what many through was her eventual rise to the majors.

$17.50

Pete Rose: My Life in Baseball

By Pete Rose

Doubleday, 1979. First edition. Hardcover. Fine/very good. First edition (stated). Hardcover. 134 pp. with index. Illustrated with photos. Fine in very good dust jacket. The third Pete Rose autobiography, this one published the winter after he opted to leave the Cincinnati Reds after 15 years in the Queen City, to sign with the Philadelphia Phillies.

$10.95

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