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1904-1964 Baseball-Publication Collection (27)
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $1,067
This extremely diverse grouping of soft cover baseball publications, spanning the years 1904-1964, includes periodicals, yearbooks, and programs. Included are many interesting rarities and highlights! Condition ranges from Good to Excellent, averaging Vg-Ex. 1) April 16, 1904 issue of The Illustrated Sporting News. Cover photo of New York catcher Deacon McGuire. 2) June 12, 1909 issue of Colliers. Cover photo of Honus Wagner sliding into home. 3) 1915 Facts for Fans. Small booklet, issued by the Bakery & Confectionary Workers' International Union of America. Provides facts and figures for many professional leagues, including the Federal League, and schedules for the 1915 season. 4) Circa 1928 Japanese fold-over program for a game between a Japanese and American girls' softball game. Written entirely in Japanese. The year "1928" is written in vintage black ink on the back cover. 5) 1928 Cleveland Indians opening-day program. The substantial 32-page program features photos and biographies of each Cleveland player and includes a separate score sheet (scored for the first inning only) for the game against the Chicago White Sox. 6) Babe Ruth's Baseball Book for 1932 by Babe Ruth. 7) 1933 Joe Cronin "Boy Manager" of the Washington Senators by James Hardwick. Small, 18-page pamphlet-style biography of Joe Cronin. 8) 1933 Who's Who in Major League Baseball, compiled by Harold (Speed) Johnson. This is the 64-page abridged soft cover version of the more substantial hardcover volume, which is a classic among modern-day baseball publications. 9) The True Story of the Origin of Base Ball by Ralph Reid Birdsall. This 16-page pamphlet, which recounts the Abner Doubleday myth regarding the origin of baseball, was published in 1938, apparently in conjunction with the Centennial of Baseball and the dedication of the Hall of Fame in 1939. 10) 1939 Baseball in Old Chicago, compiled by the Federal Writers' Project (Illinois) Work Project Administration. 64-page history of baseball in Chicago with photos. 11) Street & Smith's 1941 Baseball Pictorial Yearbook. Pictures Bob Feller on the cover. 12) Circa 1944 Navy vs. Army "Central Pacific Area Championship Series" program. The 12-page program features portrait images of many of the participants, including Joe DiMaggio, Bill Dickey, Phil Rizzuto, Johnny Mize, Pee Wee Reese, Joe Gordon, Johnny Vander Meer, Dom DiMaggio, and Ferris Fain. Not scored. 13-17) First five issues of Sports Illustrated, published by Dell Magazine in 1949. This was the original incarnation of Sports Illustrated, with the first five covers featuring, respectively, Ralph Beard, Marcel Cerdan, Lou Boudreau, Joe DiMaggio, and Rex Barney. Only five issues were ever published. A few years later American publishing magnate Henry Luce purchased the name and launched his own Sports Illustrated magazine in 1954, which remains the best-selling sports publication on the market today. 18) 1954 Baltimore Orioles program (vs. Chicago). Date's from the club's first season in Baltimore. Possibly from the first home game that season. Not scored. 19-21) First two issues of Sports Illustrated, published, respectively, on August 16, 1954, and August 23, 1954, plus a test "Dummy" issue from that same year. Both of the first two issues are complete with their Topps insert cards. The "Dummy" issue, featuring a golf cover and dated "April 19, 1954" on the interior, was the second test issue published by Time Inc., as it fine tuned the magazine's format. 22) 1956 New York Yankees World Series program. Neatly scored for Game 3. Large tear on back cover repaired with clear tape. 23) 1957 Brooklyn Dodgers yearbook. Last season in Brooklyn. 24) 1958 Los Angeles Dodgers yearbook. First season in Los Angeles. 25) 1960 Meet The Dodger Family - The Dodger Coaches. 12-page pamphlet issued as a promotional giveaway by Union Oil. 26) 1962 New York Mets Yearbook. First season in franchise history. 27) 1964 New York Mets program (vs. Pirates). Neatly scored in pencil to record a 4-3 Pirates win. Total: 27 items. Reserve $200. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $1,067
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