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Rare 1950s New York Yankees Internal Scouting and Coaching Items: Booklet and Minor League Register

Starting Bid - $100, Sold For - $120

Each of these two rare minor-league publications originates from the personal collection of Jim "Doc" Ewell, who spent more than seven decades as a major league trainer, including long stints with both the Philadelphia Athletics (he began his career with the club in 1938) and Houston Astros. They have been consigned directly by Ewell's son. The first is an exceedingly rare sixty-four soft-cover booklet, published in 1950, titled Play Ball with the Yankees. This booklet was given to each minor-league player and parent in the Yankees minor-league system and was, essentially, a primer on how to become a New York Yankee. The booklet not only extolls the virtues of being a New York Yankee, but also prepares players for the rigors of minor-league life. Included are chapters on the Yankees' "way" of playing baseball, a list of the club's scouts, and what to expect during the first season in minor-league baseball. This is the first example of this booklet we have ever seen, let alone offered, and it gives an interesting perspective on what it meant to be a New York Yankee during the height of the club's "golden age." Ewell obtained this book when he was working for the Kansas City Blues, the Yankees top farm club in 1950, and it has been in his family's possession since that time. The booklet (5.5 x 7.5 inches) displays only light wear and remains in Excellent to Mint condition. The second items is a 1951 Qualification Register published by the National Association. The eighty-page soft-cover publication defines "the limitations of minor league baseball players for optional, selection (draft) or class status under rules of the National Association." Basically, this is a listing of every minor-league player at the time that specifically notes his number of seasons optioned, his draft status, and his current classification (i. e., rookie, veteran, suspended, etc.). Included in this index are both Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays, each of whom eventually made his major league debut that season. The booklet (8.5 x 11 inches) displays a tear on the front cover that has been repaired with clear tape on the interior; otherwise it is in Excellent condition overall. Total: 2 publications. SOLD FOR $120

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