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1911 America's National Game Signed by A. G. Spalding

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $2,666.25

First edition of America's National Game by A. G. Spalding, inscribed by Spalding on the interior. Published by American Sports Publishing Company, New York, 1911. Spalding has inscribed the book in black fountain pen on the front fly leaf: "To/Hon. D. K. Adams/with my compliments/and Christmas greetings/A. G. Spalding/Point Loma Calif/Dec. 25. 1911." Both the text and signature have been boldly scripted and grade "9/10." Spalding obviously thought his newly published book would make the ideal Christmas gift, as we have seen more than one example inscribed in a similar manner. Given the volume's historical significance it was probably greatly appreciated by the recipients This profusely illustrated book is considered one of the great classics of baseball literature because it was the most ambitious history of the game published up to that time and, most important, it incorporates the findings of the Mills Report of 1907. That report credited Abner Doubleday (albeit, most scholars today agree, erroneously) with having inventing the game of baseball in 1839. With the publication of this book, that myth became firmly entrenched within the collective consciousness of American culture and persists to this day, despite its refutation in more modern times by numerous historians. A. G. Spalding was perhaps the most influential figure in baseball history, having been a former star pitcher, team owner, and sporting-goods magnate. He passed away in 1915 and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1939. The 542-page hardcover book (5.5 x 8 inches) is complete with all of its fold-out illustrations. The book displays only light wear to the blue cloth-covered boards and there is a slight separation along the spine. All of the pages are clean and remain firmly bound together. In Excellent condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500+.
SOLD FOR $2,666.25

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