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Lot # 1170 (of 1807)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Two Rare Early (1894 and 1910 ) Baseball Pitching Manuals (Ex-Halper)

Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $296.25

While the debate still continues among historians as to who first invented the curveball, and when, there is no questioning the fact that it revolutionized the art of pitching. Offered here are two early and scarce pitching manuals, each of which once resided in the famed Halper Collection, that provide complete analysis and instruction with regard to the "crooked pitch." 1) Scientific Base Ball Pitching. This 48-page manual, the complete title of which is Scientific Base Ball Pitching - A Treatise on the Pitcher, Pitching, Origin and Philosophy of the Curve, Methods of Pitching and Practice, was written by James W. Smith and features numerous illustrations throughout. Published by "The Am. Author's P. Pub. Co., Chicago, Ill.," in 1894. The soft-cover booklet (4 x 6 inches) has a detached front cover and partially detached rear cover, as well as a tiny corner chip to the front cover in the lower right. A number of pages display handwritten pencil notes in the margins. In Good to Very Good condition. 2) Art of Pitching. Written by Edward J. Prindle and published by the A. J. Reach Company in 1910. The 64-page manual devotes thirty-six pages to instruction, with many illustrations, while the remainder of the pages feature advertisements for Reach's sporting-goods equipment (primarily baseball). The soft-cover manual (4.5 x 6.5 inches) displays two vertical center folds, a chip to the front cover, and staining on the rear cover. In Very Good condition. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $296.25

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