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If baseball is your passion, be sure to look through the rare baseball books section of the Biblio Rare Book Room. From signed autobiographies and biographies of famous baseball players to thick in-depth critiques of obscure baseball plays and strategies, there is a large variety of choices available. Many of the rare baseball books are signed or are first editions, and any of them would be a great gift for the baseball fan in your life. Be sure to browse the rare baseball books featured in the Biblio Rare Book Room.

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Baseballogy
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Baseballogy

by COOKE, Edmund Vance

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  • Fine
  • Hardcover
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Used - Fine
Binding
Hardcover
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Chicago: Forbes & Company, 1912. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. First edition. Pictorial paper over boards. Fine in fine dustwrapper. An attractive and uncommon book of humorous verse about baseball, rare both in jacket and in this condition.
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[Porcelain Plate]: American Sports: Base Ball. Running to First Base
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[Porcelain Plate]: American Sports: Base Ball. Running to First Base

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  • very good
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Used - Very Good
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Gloucester City, New Jersey
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1865. Unbound. Very Good. Porcelain plate. Approximately 8" in diameter. Two chips to the rim not affecting the image, some wear, very good. The plate has an embossed alphabet around the inner rim, with a transfer image in brown in the center of the plate depicting a baseball game, with "American Sports" at the top of the image, and "Base Ball. Running to First Base" below the image. No back marks and undated, but consistent with German export ware of the period between 1865-1875. Very uncommon.
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Odds and Ends. Vol. 1, Nos. 2 & 3

Odds and Ends. Vol. 1, Nos. 2 & 3

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  • near fine
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Used - Near Fine
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Gloucester City, New Jersey
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Mattoon, Illinois: F.L. Horn, 1878. Unbound. Near Fine. One quarto leaf folded to make four pages, apparently paginated with the previous issue: [1], 6-8pp. A small stain on the first page, else fine. An "amateur" newspaper. On page seven (the third page of the newspaper) is an advertisement that reads as follows: "Base Ball Cards! 25 for 20 cts. Special rates to clubs. State position and name of club when ordering. Agents wanted! Send 3 ct. stamp for samples. Franklin L. Horn, Mattoon, Ills." Within our own little circle of baseball scholars and enthusiasts, debate rages over the meaning of this advertisement. Some are convinced that this is an advertisement for business or trade cards, others that it indicates a previously unknown series of amateur baseball cards, and still others believing it was an advertisement for a stillborn project by the printer, abandoned with no takers. The definition of "baseball cards" is somewhat fluid. A few cabinet photographs were issued in the 1850s, and the… Read More
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Official Score Book: Pacific Coast League 1911

Official Score Book: Pacific Coast League 1911

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  • very good
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Used - Very Good
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Gloucester City, New Jersey
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[Vernon, California?]: Pacific Coast League, 1911. Softcover. Very Good. Octavo. [8]pp. Stapled wrappers. One horizontal fold, the front wrap age-toned, some marginal tears on a couple of pages, very good. Program for a game between the Vernon Tigers of Vernon, California, and the Los Angeles Angels. The program features photos of several players, center score card/roster pages with pre-printed players' names, ballpark rules: "Bottle and cushion throwing prohibited," and some amusing baseball related advertising. Founded in 1903, the PCL was the highest level of western baseball until the Dodgers and Giants moved to California in the 1950s. Vernon was one of only two cities in Los Angeles County that was "wet," and with alcoholic beverages as an attraction, the Tigers attracted big crowds by the standards of the day. They weren't bad either, winning three pennants during their 17-year history. Very early memorabilia from the PCL is scarce.
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The Sun Field

The Sun Field

by BROUN, Heywood

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  • very good
  • Hardcover
  • first
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Used - Very Good
Binding
Hardcover
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Gloucester City, New Jersey
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New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1923. Hardcover. Very Good/Near Fine. First edition. Owner name in pencil on the front fly, a couple of small splash marks and a small sunned patch near the front gutter, a very good or better copy in near fine dustwrapper with a few very small nicks at the corners. According to McCue's *Baseball by the Books: A History and Bibliography of Baseball Fiction*: "The first novel with serious baseball content aimed at an adult audience. The book is narrated by a former sportswriter, as Broun was, in love with a free-spirited, intellectual feminist, as was Broun's wife, while she falls for a baseball player who is clearly modeled on Babe Ruth. Numerous players of the early 1920s appear by name." Broun was a noted wit and a member of the Algonquin Round Table along with Dorothy Parker, Alexander Woollcott, and Robert Benchley. He was also close friends with the Marx Brothers. Exceptionally uncommon in any sort of reasonably attractive dustwrapper.
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Boston Typo-Athlete. Official Organ of the Union Printers. National Baseball League

Boston Typo-Athlete. Official Organ of the Union Printers. National Baseball League

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  • very good
  • Hardcover
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Used - Very Good
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Hardcover
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Gloucester City, New Jersey
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Boston: (Boston Union Printers Baseball Association), 1912. Hardcover. Very Good. A complete run consisting of issue numbers 1-7, dated August 19 - August 25, 1912. Quarto, bound into marbled endpapers, with three-quarter morocco and cloth. Some pages with closed tears, some loose, covers worn, otherwise a very good copy. This free periodical was the official paper of the Boston Union Printers Baseball Association, published to promote the fifth annual Printers National Baseball Tournament. *OCLC* locates a single run, at the Boston Public Library.
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Typed Letter Signed (Mickey Mantle)

Typed Letter Signed ("Mickey Mantle")

by MANTLE, Mickey

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  • very good
  • Signed
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Used - Very Good
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Gloucester City, New Jersey
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Unbound. Very Good. Typed Letter Signed by Mickey Mantle on New York Yankees, Inc. stationery, and dated July 28, 1953. Folded as mailed, a small section of bleed-through from a piece of tape on the verso (since removed), some finger smudges, a very good or better example. A brief letter to a fan providing an autograph and noting: "It sure is encouraging to know of your interest in me and the Yankees." A relatively early autograph. 1953 was Mantle's second full season with the team, and this letter has a certain nostalgia factor seldom found in the many post-career autographs that the Yankee legend provided.
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Spalding's Base Ball Guide and Official League Book for 1894

Spalding's Base Ball Guide and Official League Book for 1894

by Spalding, Albert G.

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  • Paperback
  • first
Condition
Used - Good Plus
Edition
1st
Binding
Paperback
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Granville, New York
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NY: American Sports Publishing Co., 1894. Original March 1894 issue - not the reprint. Published NY: American Sports Publishing Co., 1894. (Vol.2, No. 19, March 1894). 12mo. wrappers, 4 1/4" x 6 1/2." 192 pp. Rear cover lacking, front cover has a 1 1/2" x 3/4 " triangular chip to the corner at the wraparound, 2 1/4" separation at the top fold, few small chips along the edge. Spine backing intact with slight loss at the heel and crown, one page has 2" closed tear, few pages have a corner crease, light spotting on edges. Internally very good - clean, unmarked, no foxing. Good plus.. 1st. Soft Cover. Good Plus. 12mo. Manuscripts Paper Collectibles.
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THE BIG RED MACHINE
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THE BIG RED MACHINE

by Hertzel, Bob

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  • very good
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Very Good
Edition
First Edition
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Hardcover
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Buffalo, Wyoming
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New York: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1976. First Edition . Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Book is in VG condition with light rubbing to edges, light bumping to spine ends, previous owner's pasted stamp to 1/2 title page, offsetting to FFE opposite from stamp else a bright, solid copy. Dust jacket is in VG condition with rubbing to edge, bumping to spine ends, small chip from head of spine else a bright and solid copy. Book is signed/inscribed by 3 Cincinatti Reds - signature & inscription from Ted Kluszewski to FFE, signatures from Johnny Bench & Pete Rose to title page. Book includes an NBC press pass for Game 5 of the 1976 World Series. This is significant because there wasn't a Game 5. The Reds swept the Yankees 4 straight games. A truly unique item.
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Won In The Ninth
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Won In The Ninth

by Christy Mathewson

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  • good
  • Hardcover
Condition
Used - Good
Edition
unknown
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Hardcover
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Olathe, Kansas
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No statement of edition is present. As to the book's condition, it shows the degree of wear one would expect for a book approaching its 110th year. Previous owne'rs name and "Xmas 1910" written in pencil on ffep. Won In The Ninth was "The first of a series of stories for boys on sports to be known as the Matty Books." Mathewson pitched 17 seasons for the New York Giants. He was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame as one of its first five members.
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STRANGER TO THE GAME [SIGNED]
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STRANGER TO THE GAME [SIGNED]

by Gibson, Bob; Wheeler, Lonnie

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Used
Edition
First edition, first printing
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Hardcover
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Rockville, Maryland
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New York: Viking, 1994. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Octavo, 286 pages; VG/VG; Spine maroon with yellow and white lettering; dust jacket protected with a mylar covering; inscribed on title page by Gibson; partially-removed ex libris sticker on front free end paper; pages clean; NOTE: Shelved in Room G. 1333353. FP New Rockville Stock.
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Chrysanthemum and the Bat: Baseball Samurai Style
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Chrysanthemum and the Bat: Baseball Samurai Style

by Whiting, Robert

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  • near fine
  • Paperback
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Used - Near Fine
Edition
1st Edition
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Paperback
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Calgary , Alberta
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New York: Avon Books, 1983 This book almost 40 years old and appears to be unread. There is a date or code (3/11/13) written on the first prelim page and pages are toned but it is otherwise near new. Stated first printing with full number line. Robert Whiting provides "a look at a very different culture through America's favorite sport -- Baseball mania in today's Japan" [from the cover]. Illustrated with numerous black and white photographs.
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The Giants of San Francisco
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The Giants of San Francisco

by Art Rosenbaum & Bob Stevens

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  • Hardcover
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Used
Edition
1st
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Hardcover
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Olathe, Kansas
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The Giants of San Francisco by Art Rosenbaum and Bob Stevens, with an introduction by Herb Caen.Signed by the two authors, Hall of Famers Willie McCovey, Willie Mays and pitcher Bill Pierce.Illustrated with black and white photographs. Orange cloth binding with black stamped lettering. Book is near fine with previous owner name & date on ffep in a spine-panel sunned VG+ dust jacket.
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Ball Four

Ball Four: My Life and Hard Times Throwing the Knuckleball in the Big Leagues

by Jim Bouton

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  • Hardcover
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  • first
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Used
Edition
1st
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Hardcover
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Olathe, Kansas
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The book that embarrassed baseball, Ball Four, My Life and Hard Times Throwing the Knuckleball in the Big Leagues by Jim Bouton.First edition, signed by Bouton on the title page. Book and dust jacket are very good. There is fading to the boards of the book and previous owner's name stamped on bottom of title page. Minor tear on front of jacket and minor chipping.
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Eight Men Out

Eight Men Out: The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series

by Eliot Asinof

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  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used
Edition
1st
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Hardcover
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Olathe, Kansas
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A baseball classic! Eight Men Out The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series by Eliot Asinof.States "First Edition." The book is near fine in a very good jacket with some chipping to spine and small tear to front cover.
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