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Bill Mazer's Amazin' Baseball Book, Mazer, Bill, with Stan and Shirley Fischler
21 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
22 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
23 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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The Missing Links: Golf and the Mind, Morley, David C.
24 Morley, David C. The Missing Links: Golf and the Mind
New York Atheneum/Smi 1976 0-689-10689-0 / 9780689106897 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) James and Ruth McCrea 
[light shelfwear, slight fading to boards at top/bottom edges, previous owner's name and address on ffep; jacket shows minor edgewear, spine a bit sunned, short diagonal crease in front flap]. The author, "an eminent psychiatrist, who has himself been so infuriated by golf as to seek help in times past from Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player ... tells America's 16 million golfers exactly why golf truly is a mental game, and shows them how to make playing it a great deal easier and more fun by exposing and explaining all its pressures, nightmares and psychic blocks, and then offering specific antidotes to them." 
Price: 8.00 USD
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Pigeons, Bloody Noses and Little Skinny Kids: A Story of Wolverine Basketball, Mortimer, Jeff
25 Mortimer, Jeff Pigeons, Bloody Noses and Little Skinny Kids: A Story of Wolverine Basketball
Dexter MI Thomson-Shore Publishers (c.1978) First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj 
[nice tight clean copy; jacket a tiny bit rubbed, traces of edgewear here and there]. (B&W photographs) The author "has carefully probed the long history of Wolverine basketball to bring to life in these pages the innovative and courageous coaches, the sharp-shooting, slick-passing, board-crashing players, and the dynamic, come-from-behind teams that brought national prominence to Wolverine basketball--decades ago as well as just yesterday." (That would, of course,be the University of Michigan Wolverines--but if I gotta tell you that, you probably aren't interested in this book!) 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Superwives, Parr, Jeanne
26 Parr, Jeanne The Superwives
New York Coward, Mccann & Geoghegan (c.1976) 0-698-10716-0 / 9780698107168 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Honi Werner 
[book is nice and clean, with just minor shelfwear; jacket moderately shelfworn, light rubbing/scuffing] (B&W photographs) In this account of "life with the giant jocks," the author "offers an often hilarious, often harrowing, always candid inside look at the life-styles" of various big-time pro sports figures. Among the 29 ladies profiled are the other halves of Catfish Hunter, O.J. Simpson (Marquerite, pre-Nicole), Pete Rose, Arnold Palmer, Willie Shoemaker, Rod Laver, Jim Bouton, Jack Nicklaus, Carl Yazstremski, Frank Robinson, even Howard Cosell (although that seems to be quite a stretch on the definition of "jock"). 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Jewish Baseball Stars, Ribalow, Harold U., and Meir Z. Ribalow
27 Ribalow, Harold U., and Meir Z. Ribalow Jewish Baseball Stars
New York Hippocrene Books (c.1984) 0-88254-898-0 / 9780882548982 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[nice clean copy, with only light wear at spine ends; jacket has a few itsy-bitsy tears, and a couple of almost-microscopic chips]. (B&W photographs) A brief historical look at Jewish athletes and their relationship to professional baseball, followed by chapters devoted to the stories of the following individual players: Johnny Kling, Erskine Mayer, Andy Cohen, Hank Greenberg, "Buddy" Myer, Harry Danning, Morrie Arnovich, Goody Rosen, Sid Gordon, "Dolly" Stark, Saul Rogovin, Al Rosen, Al Schacht, Moe Berg, Larry Sherry, Sandy Koufax, Ken Holtzman, and Steve Stone. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Players and Pretenders: The Basketball Team That Couldn't Shoot Straight, Rosen, Charles
28 Rosen, Charles Players and Pretenders: The Basketball Team That Couldn't Shoot Straight
New York Holt, Rinehart and Winston (c.1981) 0-03-053786-X / 9780030537868 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
(price-clipped) [nice clean copy, top rear corner lightly bumped, one-inch stretch at bottom of front cover is scraped and very slightly split; jacket a little faded along spine edge of rear panel]. The author, a former college and semipro basketball star, believed basketball to be a "spiritual game," and as "a Zen exercise seeking the spiritual radiance of the game," he agreed to coach the Bard College basketball team during the 1979-80 season. Bard, however, was and is a small liberal arts institution -- anything but a sports powerhouse. This is his diary of that season, in which he led a team described as "a ragtag collection of individualists with various degrees of competence and incompetence" to a 1-16 record. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Barons of the Bullpen, Schlossberg, Dan
29 Schlossberg, Dan Barons of the Bullpen
New York Tempo Books (7456) (c.1975) 0-448-07456-7 / 9780448074566 1st ed. (pbo) Softcover Good+ 
[moderate spine roll, vertical crease in front cover, moderate edgewear/exterior soiling, previous seller's price on title page]. Mass Market PB Paperback original, claiming to be "the first book about the ' Firemen' of baseball -- the indispensable relief pitchers." 
Price: 5.00 USD
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Ever Green -- The Boston Celtics: A History in the Words of Their Players, Coaches, Fans, and Foes, from 1946 to the Present [*SIGNED*], Shaughnessy, Dan
30 Shaughnessy, Dan Ever Green -- The Boston Celtics: A History in the Words of Their Players, Coaches, Fans, and Foes, from 1946 to the Present [*SIGNED*]
New York St. Martin's Press (c.1990) 0-312-05083-6 / 9780312050832 2nd printing Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Signed by Author
[nice tight clean copy, very faint handling wear; jacket a little rubbed on rear panel, a tiny bit dog-eared at base of spine]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. Signed by Author 
Price: 10.00 USD
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The Pitch That Killed, Sowell, Mike
31 Sowell, Mike The Pitch That Killed
New York Macmillan Publishing Co. (c.1989) 0-02-612410-6 / 9780026124102 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Bob Silverman 
(price-clipped) [solid copy, minor soiling to page edges, light foxing on top edge; jacket has no significant flaws aside from the price-clipping]. (B&W photographs) The story of New York Yankees pitcher Carl Mays, who in 1920 became "the only major-league pitcher who ever threw a pitch that killed" -- the victim, in this instance, being Cleveland Indians shortstop Ray Chapman -- a player as popular and well-liked as Mays was feared and disliked. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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I Remember Ben Hogan: Personal Recollections and Revelations of Golf's Most Fascinating Legend from the People Who Knew Him Best, Towle, Mike
32 Towle, Mike I Remember Ben Hogan: Personal Recollections and Revelations of Golf's Most Fascinating Legend from the People Who Knew Him Best
Nashville TN Cumberland House (c.2000) 1-58182-078-X / 9781581820782 Second Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Fine dj 
[beautiful copy, essentially brand-new with just a very slight bump to the base of the spine; NO remainder or other marks]. "In [this book], dozens of Hogan's confidants, fellow golf pros, business associates, and acquaintances candidly reveal their memories of and insights into 'the Hawk.' Included are more than a hundred original stories and observations offered especially for this book." 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Joe Louis, Man and Super-Fighter, Van Every, Edward
33 Van Every, Edward Joe Louis, Man and Super-Fighter
New York Frederick A. Stokes Company 1936 First Edition Hardcover Good in Good dj 
[moderately worn copy, somewhat uneven dust-soiling to top edge, small white paper remnants stuck to book at bottom of both front and rear covers (apparently from dust jacket having been slightly water-stuck to book at some point); jacket heavily edgeworn, a bit of paper loss at spine ends and several corners, considerable surface wear to spine (although the lettering has all survived)]. (B&W photo frontispiece) Early-career bio of the Brown Bomber, published the year before he first took the heavyweight crown away from "Cinderella Man" James Braddock in a June 1937 bout in Chicago. He went on to successfully defend his title against all comers, relinquishing it only upon his retirement in 1949. Not the prettiest copy you're ever likely to find, but a book rarely found in its dust jacket at all, so let's not be too choosy, shall we? 
Price: 150.00 USD
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Women in Sports: Rodeo, Van Steenwyk, Elizabeth
34 Van Steenwyk, Elizabeth Women in Sports: Rodeo
New York Harvey House (c.1978) 0-8178-5752-4 / 9780817857523 Unstated Hardcover Near Fine 
(pictorial hard covers; no dust jacket) [NOT ex-library: a clean, bright copy, with just a trace of soiling here and there, faint price-sticker residue on ffep]. (B&W photographs) "Rodeo for women is no longer just barrel racing and trick riding. Women now compete in all events men do. The events, the history, and biographies of the leading women on the rough Rodeo circuit are all here in this inspiring collection of talented women who 'go down the road' to compete in the sport of Rodeo." Performers discussed (7-10 page chapter on each) in the book for young readers are Sammy Fancher Thurman, Metha Brorsen, Shelia Bussey, Dammy and Trudy Johnson, Becky Fuchs and Benjie Prudom. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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