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Image for Street and Smith's Official Yearbook 1982: Baseball (42nd Year) [cover: Fernando Valenzuela]

Street and Smith's Official Yearbook 1982: Baseball (42nd Year) [cover: Fernando Valenzuela]

By: (Kavanagh, Gerard, ed.)

Price: $12.00

Publisher: New York, Conde Nast Publications: 1982

Edition: 42nd Annual

Seller ID: 15170

ISBN: NO

Condition: 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... View more info

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Pro Football From the Inside [*SIGNED*]

By: Bass, Tom

Price: $50.00

Publisher: (n.p.), In Pro: (c.1974)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 20617

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good


[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... View more info

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The Boys Who Would Be Cubs: A Year in the Heart of Baseball's Minor Leagues

By: Bosco, Joseph

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, William Morrow and Company: (c.1990)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15542

ISBN: 0-688-08261-0

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[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 tr... View more info

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Cracking the Show

By: Boswell, Thomas

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Doubleday: 1994

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 9748

ISBN: 0-385-47286-2

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[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. View more info

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The Man in the Crowd: Confessions of a Sports Addict [*SIGNED*]

By: Cohen, Stanley

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: (c.1981)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 22593

ISBN: 0-394-50875-0

Condition: Fine in Very Good+ dj


[book itself is tight and clean, with no discernible wear; jacket also quite nice, with just a couple of tiny external nicks (one at top of spine, the other at top right corner of front panel), and several vertical creases in the rear flap]. INSCRIBED in 2004 "to _______ & _____ -- / All the best, / Love" and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. An acknowledged classic of sports literature, this "wonderfully evocative memoir of [the author's] lifelong fascination with the world of sports [is] much more than that. It is also a nostalgic remembrance of decades past, and the way life ... View more info

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Calypso: The Four-Trump Game

By: Culbertson, Jo; edited by Geoffrey Mott-Smith and Alphonse Moyse, Jr.

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Philadelphia/Toronto, The John C. Winston Company: (c.1955)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20590

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[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-playe... View more info

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Why Golf?: The Mystery of the Game Revisited

By: Cullen, Bob

Price: $6.00

Publisher: New York, Simon & Schuster: (c.2000)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 13419

ISBN: 0-684-86722-2

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[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. View more info

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Women in Sports: Horseback Riding

By: Golden, Flora

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Harvey House: (c.1978)

Edition: Unstated edition

Seller ID: 13241

ISBN: 0-8178-5837-7

Condition: 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. View more info

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The Dreamlife of Johnny Baseball

By: Grossinger, Richard, ed.

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Berkeley CA, North Atlantic Books: (c.1987)

Edition: Unstated ed

Seller ID: 2439

Condition: 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. View more info

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The Man in the Dugout

By: Honig, Donald

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Chicago, Follett Publishing Co.: 1977

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 1268

ISBN: 0-695-80633-5

Condition: 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. View more info

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Golden Boy

By: Hornung, Paul, as told to William F. Reed

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Simon & Schuster: (c.2004)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14965

ISBN: 0-7432-6619-6

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[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 ye... View more info

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Hummers, Knucklers, and Slow Curves: Contemporary Baseball Poems

By: Johnson, Don, ed.

Price: $12.00

Publisher: Urbana/Chicago, University of Illinois Press: (c.1991)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14614

ISBN: 0-252-01810-9

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[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 pas... View more info

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"Whatta-Gal": The Babe Didrikson Story

By: Johnson, William Oscar, and Nancy P. Williamson

Price: $5.00

Publisher: Boston, Little, Brown and Company: (c.1977)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15563

ISBN: 0-316-46943-2

Condition: Good in Very Good+ dj


[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." View more info

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Buck Leonard: The Black Lou Gehrig

By: Leonard, Buck, with James A. Riley

Price: $8.00

Publisher: New York, Carroll & Graf: 1995

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 6470

ISBN: 0-7867-0119-6

Condition: 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." View more info

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The Education of a Woman Golfer

By: Lopez, Nancy, with Peter Schwed

Price: $8.00

Publisher: New York, Simon and Schuster: (c.1979)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 5201

ISBN: 0-671-24756-5

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[minimal wear, tight and clean; jacket rubbed, some surface-scratching and mild soiling]. (B&W photographs) View more info

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The Magnificent Yankees

By: Meany, Tom

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Grosset & Dunlap: (c.1966)

Edition: New Revised Edition

Seller ID: 2036

ISBN: NO

Condition: 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.) View more info

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Almost a Famous Person

By: Michelson, Herb

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich: (c.1980)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 8563

ISBN: 0-15-105069-4

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[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 baske... View more info

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The Missing Links: Golf and the Mind

By: Morley, David C.

Price: $8.00

Publisher: New York, Atheneum/Smi: 1976

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 13961

ISBN: 0-689-10689-0

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


[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 offer... View more info

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Pigeons, Bloody Noses and Little Skinny Kids: A Story of Wolverine Basketball

By: Mortimer, Jeff

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Dexter MI, Thomson-Shore Publishers: (c.1978)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 4715

Condition: 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!) View more info

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Jewish Baseball Stars

By: Ribalow, Harold U., and Meir Z. Ribalow

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Hippocrene Books: (c.1984)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15438

ISBN: 0-88254-898-0

Condition: 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. View more info