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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. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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The Long Ball: The Summer of '75 -- Spaceman, Catfish, Charlie Hustle, and the Greatest World Series Ever Played, Adelman, Tom
3 Adelman, Tom The Long Ball: The Summer of '75 -- Spaceman, Catfish, Charlie Hustle, and the Greatest World Series Ever Played
Boston Little, Brown and Company (c.2003) 0-316-06899-3 / 9780316068994 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Chika Azuma 
[faint smudge on bottom page edges, tiny dent in bottom edge of front cover; jacket has minor wear at spine ends, one itty-bitty tear at top front hinge]. (B&W photographs) "The story of that star-studded [1975] season and the heart-stopping Series that followed. It is packed with the most colorful players and managers of the modern era, among them Reggie Jackson, Pete Rose, Billy Martin, Carl Yastrzemski, Sparky Anderson, Carlton Fisk, Catfish Hunter, Steve Garvey, George Brett, Bobby Bonds, Johnny Bench, Bill 'Spaceman' Lee, Fred Lynn, Ken Griffey, Jim Palmer, Rickey Henderson, and many others. And it is written like no other sports book before it, a spectacular reinventing of the genre by a writer who understands heartbreak as well as he understands batting averages." (A guy from Boston? Yeah, I guess he knew a little bit about heartbreak, at least in 2003. It got better the following year, I understand.) 
Price: 8.00 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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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. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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I'm Glad You Didn't Take It Personally [*SIGNED*], Bouton, Jim (edited by Leonard Shecter)
6 Bouton, Jim (edited by Leonard Shecter) I'm Glad You Didn't Take It Personally [*SIGNED*]
New York William Morrow & Company 1971 NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj) Lawrence Ratzkin Signed by Author
[nice tight copy, light shelfwear; jacket slightly yellowed along top edge, minor surface wear, a long (but almost invisible) razor surface-cut on front panel]. INSCRIBED humorously to a friend and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. Bouton's follow-up to his notorious best-seller "Ball Four," much of it devoted to the reaction and response to that book. Includes his "side-splitting encounter with Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn, who thought 'Ball Four' would ruin the game; his fascinating and extraordinarily open disclosure of the money involved in writing a best seller; his tales of the angry and funny reactions of the players themselves to having appeared in 'Ball Four'; a whole series of new portraits and anecdotes about the grown men who play this boys' game." Signed by Author 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Great Rookies of the Major Leagues (Little League Library, No. 6), Brosnan, Jim
7 Brosnan, Jim Great Rookies of the Major Leagues (Little League Library, No. 6)
New York Random House 1966 NO Unstated Hardcover Very Good 
(pictorial cover; no dust jacket) [moderate soiling to covers, spine somewhat yellowed]. (B&W photographs) Profiles of a dozen Rookies of the Year, from 1947 (Jackie Robinson) through 1964 (Richie Allen); pictorial front cover features a three-shot color photo sequence of Pete Rose getting a hit. 
Price: 5.00 USD
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Who's Who in the Major Leagues - 14th Edition, 1946, Carmichael, John P., ed.
8 Carmichael, John P., ed. Who's Who in the Major Leagues - 14th Edition, 1946
Chicago B.E. Callahan 1946 NO Fourteenth Edition Hardcover Fair 
[reading/reference copy only: considerable external wear, soiling to covers, etc.; pages browned and brittle due to cheap pulp paper; page also exhibit numerous tiny chips and tears, mostly at corners and along bottom edges, although no text has been lost]. (B&W photographs) Big league statistics and summaries for the previous (1945) season, along with team-by-team lineups for 1946, with numerous photos of players and brief commentaries about their past accomplishments and future prospects. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Who's Who in the Major Leagues - Nineteenth Edition, 1951, Carmichael, John P., ed.
9 Carmichael, John P., ed. Who's Who in the Major Leagues - Nineteenth Edition, 1951
Chicago B.E. Callahan 1951 NO Nineteenth Edition Hardcover Fair 
[reading/reference copy only: considerable external wear, especially along spine, etc.; pages still generally white and supple, with some intermittent spotting/staining]. (B&W photographs) Big league statistics and summaries for the previous (1950) season, along with team-by-team lineups for 1951, with numerous photos of players and brief commentaries about their past accomplishments and future prospects. This edition also includes a 15-page section presenting a "Complete Picture-Record Gallery of the 60 Immortals in Baseball's Hall of Fame," with black-and-white reproductions of portraits of each man and a summary of his career (almost like small baseball cards). 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Insider's Baseball, Davids, L. Robert, ed.
10 Davids, L. Robert, ed. Insider's Baseball
New York Charles Scribner's Sons (c.1983) 0-684-17905-9 / 9780684179056 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Mike Stromberg 
[good tight copy, light stain to top edge; jacket a little wrinkled at bottom of front panel, small closed tear at top of front panel, minor chipping/dog-earing along top edge of rear panel]. (B&W photographs) Subtitled "The Finer Points of the Game, As Examined by the Society for American Baseball Research," this is an anthology of 50+ short articles (most are 5-6 pages long) from the Society's journal from 1971 through 1982. Examined are such topics as: "Newly Discovered RBI Records"; "Triples, the Pirates, and Forbes Field"; "Bleacher Bums of Yesteryear"; "Moses Solomon, the Rabbi of Swat"; "Unrecognized Heroes: No-Hit Umpires"; and so on. Foreword by Bill James. 
Price: 7.50 USD
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11 Deford, Frank Casey on the Loose; What Really Might Have Happened
New York Viking Press 1989 0-670-82780-0 / 9780670827800 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[nice-looking copy, would be Fine but for light bumping at lower rear corner, minor surface wear to jacket; NO remainder or other marks]. (B&W photographs) Deford's delightful "unauthorized" account of what led up to Timothy F.X. (The Mighty) Casey's fateful day in Mudville, and what became of him afterwards. 
Price: 6.50 USD
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The Good Old Days: Baseball in the 1930s, Gilbert, Thomas
12 Gilbert, Thomas The Good Old Days: Baseball in the 1930s
New York Franklin Watts (c.1996) 0-531-11278-0 / 9780531112786 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Susan Newman 
[brand-new book; tight, clean, flawless]. (The American Game) Series (B&W photographs) One of an excellent series of baseball histories for young readers, this volume "tells the story of this tumultuous decade, which featured some of the meanest, rowdiest, and most fun characters to have ever played the game," among them Lefty Grove, Dizzy Dean, Hack Wilson, Jimmie Foxx, Leo Durocher, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Satchel Paige, etc. ("A Franklin Watts Library Edition," although this is NOT an ex-library book.) 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Soaring Twenties: Babe Ruth and the Home-Run Decade, Gilbert, Thomas
13 Gilbert, Thomas The Soaring Twenties: Babe Ruth and the Home-Run Decade
New York Franklin Watts (c.1996) 0-531-11279-9 / 9780531112793 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Susan Newman 
[brand-new book; tight, clean, flawless]. (The American Game) Series (B&W photographs) One of an excellent series of baseball histories for young readers, this volume "discusses the changes in professional major league baseball during the 1920s, including the pennant race scandal in 1920, the founding of the Negro leagues, Babe Ruth's career, the farm system, and more." ("A Franklin Watts Library Edition," although this is NOT an ex-library book.) 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Pete Rose, Gilbert, Thomas W.
14 Gilbert, Thomas W. Pete Rose
New York/Philadelphia Chelsea House Publishers / Newfield Publications (c.1995) 0-7910-2171-8 / 9780791021712 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine Illustrated by (cover) Daniel O'Leary 
(glossy pictorial covers; no dust jacket, as issued) [nice clean book, minimal handling wear only]. (Baseball Legends) Series (B&W photographs) Biography for young readers of "Charlie Hustle," from glory to disgrace -- simplified but not whitewashed, as the final entry in the Chronology of his career reads: "1990: Convicted of tax evasion and serves five months in prison; remains ineligible for the Hall of Fame due to settlement with commissioner's office." 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The Dreamlife of Johnny Baseball, Grossinger, Richard, ed.
15 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
16 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
17 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. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Hummers, Knucklers, and Slow Curves: Contemporary Baseball Poems, Johnson, Don, ed.
18 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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19 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." 
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20 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. 
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