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Street and Smith's Official Yearbook 1982: Baseball (42nd Year) [cover: Fernando Valenzuela], (Kavanagh, Gerard, ed.)
1 (Kavanagh, Gerard, ed.) Street and Smith's Official Yearbook 1982: Baseball (42nd Year) [cover: Fernando Valenzuela]
New York Conde Nast Publications 1982 NO 42nd Annual Magazine Near Fine 
[minor rubbing to cover, long diagonal crease in rear cover; in all other respects a very nice item]. (B&W photographs) Venerable annual rundown of the year's prospects in baseball, mostly at the Major League level but also including a discussion of the minor leagues (focusing on hot prospects bound for the majors) and college baseball. Major stories on Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Fernando Valenzuela, then heading into his first full year (after the strike-shortened 1981 season); Pete Rose ("Climbing High on the Hit List"); father-son and brother combos in the World Series. Includes a recap of the glorious 1981 World Series, in which the Dodgers whupped the Yankees. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum 1999 Yearbook [60th Anniversary issue], (National Baseball Hall of Fame) Ralph, John J., ed.
2 (National Baseball Hall of Fame) Ralph, John J., ed. The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum 1999 Yearbook [60th Anniversary issue]
Cooperstown NY National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum (c.1999) NO First Edition Softcover Near Fine 
[nice clean copy, minor handling wear]. (color/B&W photographs) This issue of the Hall of Fame's annual publication celebrated the Hall's 60th anniversary, so in addition to paying tribute to the year's inductees (Nolan Ryan, George Brett, Robin Yount, Orlando Cepeda, umpire Nestor Chylak, manager Frank Selee, and Negro Leagues standout Joe Williams) it also includes brief blurbs (with photos) of all 244 members. Also: an interview with Tom Seaver; a short article about Joe DiMaggio; and various features highlighting different aspects of the Hall's founding (in 1939) and history. 
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Pro Football From the Inside [*SIGNED*], Bass, Tom
3 Bass, Tom Pro Football From the Inside [*SIGNED*]
(n.p.) In Pro (c.1974) NO First Edition Softcover Very Good Signed by Author
[moderate edgewear to covers, scuffing to rear cover next to spine]. Trade PB INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the inside front cover: "For Mort / I sincerely hope / the poems bring / some joy and / understanding of / our great game of / football, / Tom Bass." Yep, despite the locker-room real dope suggested by the book's title -- not to mention the full-rage aggression displayed by the cover photo of the author -- this is in fact a slim volume of poetry, in what one might call the Athletic Brutalist School. (I just made that up.) Sample stanza: "There can be no doubt / who will be the loser / in the end / but I / I would have it / no other way / Pro Football / is my way of life / and part of me shall die / the year / I can no longer play." There's a little poignancy to that last stanza, in fact, since the author's playing career was cut short when contracted polio in college. However, he did go on to enjoy a 30-year career in various coaching capacities at both the college and pro levels (including stints as Defensive Coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the San Diego Chargers for eight seasons in the late 1970s-early 1980s). One of his first gigs as a coach was with the Cincinnati Bengals in 1969, so it's appropriate that the book's Foreword is by the Sports Editor of the Cincinnati Post. Signed by Author 
Price: 50.00 USD
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The Boys Who Would Be Cubs: A Year in the Heart of Baseball's Minor Leagues, Bosco, Joseph
4 Bosco, Joseph The Boys Who Would Be Cubs: A Year in the Heart of Baseball's Minor Leagues
New York William Morrow and Company (c.1990) 0-688-08261-0 / 9780688082611 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj) Larry McEntire 
[small gift inscription (non-authorial) on ffep, otherwise a nice clean copy, minimal wear, very faint foxing on page edges; jacket shows a bit of surface wear, light staining along edges of rear flap]. (B&W photographs) "In January 1988, twenty years after that dream should have died, [the author] found himself in pro ball. A quirk of random destiny had sent him off to join the Peoria Chiefs of the Midwest League during the rubber-chicken circuit days of promoting the summer game -- to be played by kids almost no one's ever heard of -- in the dead of a Midwest winter. Then came spring training in Mesa, Arizona; then every game, every workout, every midnight postmortem through a long, grinding minor league schedule of interminable prairie bus trips, rain outs, snow outs, and the obligatory A-League promotional gimmickry huckstered up by enterprising owners for the amusements of a Midwest summer's eve. [This book] has it all: the humor; the flat-out all-American nostalgia; the fun; the heartbreak; the spectacle of our national pastime as we somehow never see it in the majors. [The author] is a writer to watch, a passionate observer who infuses every page of his first book with love, lyricism, insight, and the deep passion of a true 'baseball man.'" 
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Cracking the Show, Boswell, Thomas
5 Boswell, Thomas Cracking the Show
New York Doubleday 1994 0-385-47286-2 / 9780385472869 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Wendell Minor 
[tight clean copy, faint shelfwear to bottom edge; jacket shows very light surface wear to rear panel]. The fourth collection of the author's writings on baseball, including articles on Pete Rose's travails and the triumphant career of Nolan Ryan. 
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Calypso: The Four-Trump Game, Culbertson, Jo; edited by Geoffrey Mott-Smith and Alphonse Moyse, Jr.
6 Culbertson, Jo; edited by Geoffrey Mott-Smith and Alphonse Moyse, Jr. Calypso: The Four-Trump Game
Philadelphia/Toronto The John C. Winston Company (c.1955) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Ann Atene 
[nice clean book, minor wear to cloth at spine extremities; jacket bright and attractive with only minor edgewear]. (B&W illustrations) "Calypso, that fascinating and tantalizing [card] game, born in Trinidad and brought up in London, comes of age" with the publication of this book, although it appears to have gone into arrested-development stage soon thereafter. I found an online source that claims there are still "a number of devoted players, especially in New England (especially Western Massachusetts)," but I haven't verified this through field research. It's a four-player game using four 52-card packs mixed together, with four deals, one-quarter of the cards being dealt out each time; the objective is then to use cards won in tricks to collect complete 13-card sequences in one's own and one's partner's personal trump suit. Kids! -- DO try this at home! 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Why Golf?: The Mystery of the Game Revisited, Cullen, Bob
7 Cullen, Bob Why Golf?: The Mystery of the Game Revisited
New York Simon & Schuster (c.2000) 0-684-86722-2 / 9780684867229 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Janet Perr 
[nice tight clean copy, as-new but for the slightest bit of wrinkling at top of front jacket panel; NO remainder or other marks]. I love that the only official Library of Congress-suggested subject heading for this book is "Golf -- Psychological aspects." Far as I'm concerned, golf is nothin' BUT psychological aspects. 
Price: 6.00 USD
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Women in Sports: Horseback Riding, Golden, Flora
8 Golden, Flora Women in Sports: Horseback Riding
New York Harvey House (c.1978) 0-8178-5837-7 / 9780817858377 Unstated edition Hardcover Near Fine 
(pictorial hard covers; no dust jacket) [NOT ex-library: nice, clean copy, some light soling to covers, faint sticker shadow on ffep]. (B&W photographs) Biographical sketches of five prominent horsewomen -- Denise Boudrot, Michele McEvoy, Hilda Gurney, Sue Sally Jones and Helen Crabtree. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Dreamlife of Johnny Baseball, Grossinger, Richard, ed.
9 Grossinger, Richard, ed. The Dreamlife of Johnny Baseball
Berkeley CA North Atlantic Books (c.1987) Unstated ed Softcover Very Good+ 
[mild rubbing to covers, slight soiling of fore-edge]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) Anthology of poetry and imaginative stories. Contributors include W.P. Kinsella, Thom Ross, Bobby Byrd. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Baseball Stars of Tomorrow: An Inside Look at the Minor Leagues, Gutman, Bill
10 Gutman, Bill Baseball Stars of Tomorrow: An Inside Look at the Minor Leagues
New York Ace Tempo Books 1982 0-448-16937-1 / 9780448169378 First Edition Softcover Very Good+ 
[tight copy, mild edgewear, some minor creasing to front cover]. Mass Market PB "The farm system, the scouting system, and profiles of several leading minor leagues players like Dave Anderson and Jack Perconte are examined in [this book]." 
Price: 8.00 USD
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The Man in the Dugout, Honig, Donald
11 Honig, Donald The Man in the Dugout
Chicago Follett Publishing Co. 1977 0-695-80633-5 / 9780695806330 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Good dj 
Very Good+ in Good DJ [a couple of small spots on fore-edge; jacket is worn, wrinkled, creased, and has a couple of small tears]. (B&W photographs) First-person narratives (taken from taped interviews) of 15 big league managers: Bobby Bragan, Joe McCarthy, Ossie Bluege, Dick Williams, Billy Herman, Burleigh Grimes, Walter Alston, Bob Shawkey, Roger Peckinpaugh, Luke Sewell, Eddie Sawyer, Paul Richards, Al Lopez, Mayo Smith, and Jimmy Dykes. 
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Golden Boy, Hornung, Paul, as told to William F. Reed
12 Hornung, Paul, as told to William F. Reed Golden Boy
New York Simon & Schuster (c.2004) 0-7432-6619-6 / 9780743266192 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Brad Foltz 
[nice tight clean copy, appears unread, a couple of extremely light dents in top edges of covers; jacket shows only some very minor wrinkling at top of rear panel]. (B&W photographs) Memoir by the Heisman Trophy-winning running back who went on to become an NFL star for the Green Bay Packers, under legendary coach Vince Lombardi. However, his off-the-field partying, girl-chasing and gambling eventually caught up with him, and at the height of his career he was caught up in a gambling scandal and suspended from the NFL for a year. (This was a very big deal, I seem to remember -- I was ten years old at the time -- although in the context of the peccadilloes of some of today's top athletes, Hornung's transgressions seem kind of quaint. At any rate, he owned up to his misconduct, was reinstated -- reportedly thanks to heavy lobbying by Lombardi -- and went on to play three more seasons for the Packers.) 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Hummers, Knucklers, and Slow Curves: Contemporary Baseball Poems, Johnson, Don, ed.
13 Johnson, Don, ed. Hummers, Knucklers, and Slow Curves: Contemporary Baseball Poems
Urbana/Chicago University of Illinois Press (c.1991) 0-252-01810-9 / 9780252018107 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj illus) Clyde Singer 
[beautiful, as-new copy, with no significant wear to either book or jacket; jacket a teensy bit faded at spine]. "Collected here are baseball poems written over the past four decades by fifty-seven contemporary poets, including Richard Eberhart, Donald Hall, Robert Penn Warren, Richard Hugo, and Gail Mazur. [Also Gregory Corso and John Updike.] Few of them venerate legendary baseball players. Instead, they celebrate all the wonderful variations of the game itself: the minor leagues, college ball, high school, American Legion, Babe Ruth and Little League, pickup games in sandlots and pastures, family games of catch in backyards, softball, stickball, tennis-ball-against-the-wall ball." 
Price: 12.00 USD
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"Whatta-Gal": The Babe Didrikson Story, Johnson, William Oscar, and Nancy P. Williamson
14 Johnson, William Oscar, and Nancy P. Williamson "Whatta-Gal": The Babe Didrikson Story
Boston Little, Brown and Company (c.1977) 0-316-46943-2 / 9780316469432 First Edition Hardcover Good in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Meg Sherman 
[ex-library book, ffep removed, tape marks on covers and rear endpaper, spine turned, stamps on title page and top edge, moderate soiling to top edge; jacket clean and attractive, with some stress lines and minor wrinkling near several edges, but no library markings]. (B&W photographs) "Based on countless interviews and a recently discovered cache of Babe's letters, [this book] vividly and accurately presents a full-scale portrait of the arrogant, entertaining, and spirited 'Texas Tornado' and the era in which she lived." 
Price: 5.00 USD
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Buck Leonard: The Black Lou Gehrig, Leonard, Buck, with James A. Riley
15 Leonard, Buck, with James A. Riley Buck Leonard: The Black Lou Gehrig
New York Carroll & Graf 1995 0-7867-0119-6 / 9780786701193 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj 
[moderate shelfwear, a bit of soiling to bottom edge; jacket rubbed, some surface-scratching, mild wrinkling at top of front panel]. (B&W photographs) "This is Buck's story in his own words, tracing his life from his humble beginnings to the present. Not only an eyewitness account of the history of the Negro leagues told by one of the all-time greats, it is also a saga of the black experience, vividly illustrating what it was like to be a black American in the years before our country's social conscience was awakened." 
Price: 8.00 USD
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The Education of a Woman Golfer, Lopez, Nancy, with Peter Schwed
16 Lopez, Nancy, with Peter Schwed The Education of a Woman Golfer
New York Simon and Schuster (c.1979) 0-671-24756-5 / 9780671247560 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
[minimal wear, tight and clean; jacket rubbed, some surface-scratching and mild soiling]. (B&W photographs) 
Price: 8.00 USD
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Aaron to Zuverink, Marazzi, Rich, and Len Fiorito
17 Marazzi, Rich, and Len Fiorito Aaron to Zuverink
New York Stein and Day 1982 0-8128-2775-9 / 9780812827750 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Good+ dj 
[mild shelfwear, front board slightly bowed, previous owner's note on ffep, referring to his occasional marks in text to indicate players "deceased since printing of book"; jacket edgeworn, a few small chips and tears]. (B&W photographs) "A nostalgic look at the baseball players of the Fifties," an alphabetical encyclopedia featuring short profiles and anecdotes about "virtually everyone who appeared in a major league ballgame from 1950 through 1959," with a particular focus on "where are they now?" Appropriately, the book's foreword is by the Zuverink (George) of the title, a right-handed pitcher (32-36 lifetime) who spent time with the Indians, Reds, Tigers and Orioles, and went on to a career in the insurance business in Phoenix, Arizona. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Bill Mazer's Amazin' Baseball Book, Mazer, Bill, with Stan and Shirley Fischler
18 Mazer, Bill, with Stan and Shirley Fischler Bill Mazer's Amazin' Baseball Book
New York Zebra Books/Kensington Publishing Corp. 1991 (c.1990) 0-8217-3361-3 / 9780821733615 First Edition Thus Softcover Near Fine 
[nice tight copy, minor soiling to bottom edge but no significant wear]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) This book "elevates baseball's time-honored reverence for facts and statistics from the realm of mere trivia into the three-dimensional, living world of the national pastime itself. It is an indispensable book for baseball fans of all ages." 
Price: 5.00 USD
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The Magnificent Yankees, Meany, Tom
19 Meany, Tom The Magnificent Yankees
New York Grosset & Dunlap (c.1966) NO New Revised Edition Hardcover Very Good+ 
(pictorial covers, no dust jacket) [mild corner wear, a little rubbing to front cover and a trace of soiling on rear, but overall clean and tight]. (Grosset Sports Library) Series (B&W photographs) Contains chapters (avg. 10-20 pages) devoted to numerous Yankee greats, including Casey Stengel, Joe DiMaggio, Allie Reynolds, Yogi Berra, Phil Rizzuto, Elston Howard, Whitey Ford, Mickey Mantle, Jim Bouton (pardon me, James Alan Bouton), Ralph Houk, Tony Kubek, Tom Tresh and Joe Pepitone. (Most text written by Tom Meany and Jerry Mitchell.) 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Almost a Famous Person, Michelson, Herb
20 Michelson, Herb Almost a Famous Person
New York Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (c.1980) 0-15-105069-4 / 9780151050697 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Rubin Pfeffer 
[nice clean copy, minimal handling wear; jacket mildly rubbed, very short corner creases in front flap]. Tragic life story of Bob Presley, a Detroit ghetto kid whose life went astray when he failed to make the NBA after a successful high school and college basketball career. "Basketball offers young blacks the dream of success: money and fame. Presley never realized these dreams; all he knew was the harsh reality of exploitation by those who control the game-- the coaches, the club owners, the media. [This book] is an indictment of this dream, and of the tremendous emphasis placed on basketball and other professional sports as virtually the only way that a black man can escape the ghetto. No reader of Bob Presley's story will view basketball again in the same way." 
Price: 20.00 USD
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