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Trio of Early, Rare Baseball Instructional Manuals - From the Keith Sutton Collection - Founding Member of SABR

Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $237.00

Each of these three early baseball manuals comes with the unique provenance of originating from the personal collection of Keith Sutton, who was one of the founding members of SABR (Society for American Baseball Research). (A number of Sutton's other personal souvenirs, including cards, programs, and autographs, are offered as separate lots elsewhere in this auction.) Sutton, whose biography can be viewed on the SABR website (, had innumerable paper items such as these in his collection, each of which was meticulously stored away for future reference. 1) Pitching Course, edited by Irwin M. Howe. Published by the Baseball Correspondence League of America, Chicago, 1914. This 48-page soft-cover manual is lavishly illustrated with instructional photos featuring each of the five Major League contributors: Christy Mathewson, Walter Johnson, Nap Rucker, Ed Walsh, and Joe Wood. The manual (3.75 x 8.75 inches) is moderately toned and displays a light vertical fold, a small horizontal tear along the left border of the front cover, and minor separation along the spine. The pages remain clean and bright. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. This is a very rare manual and the first we have seen. 2) How To Pitch. Small instructional manual issued with the compliments of The Draper-Maynard Co., circa 1915. The five-page fold-over brochure gives brief instructions on how to throw a variety of pitches, including "The Spitter." While no date is given, the fact that the spitball was banned by Major League baseball in 1920 clearly dates it to an earlier period. The soft-cover brochure (3.5 x 5.5 inches) displays a heavy horizontal fold and is in Very Good to Excellent condition. 3) Famous Sluggers of 1929 With Tips on Batting. Key early edition of the Famous Sluggers annual issued by Hillerich & Bradsby to promote its Louisville Slugger bat line. In addition to offering instruction, the thirty-page manual features sepia photos and career statistics for many of the game's top hitters, including Cobb, Ruth, Gehrig, Hornsby, and Sisler. Ruth is featured on three pages, and the cover captures Jimmie Foxx hitting a home run in the 1929 World Series. The soft-cover manual (8.5 x 5.5 inches) displays minor separation of covers at the spine, as well as a few small edge tears and chips. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Total: 3 manuals. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $237.00

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