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1889 Athletic Sports Book, 1900 Anson Book, and 1907 A's Program (3)
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $822.50
Presented here are two “classics” in the field of early baseball literature as well as a 1907 Philadelphia Athletics scorecard featuring Rube Waddell on the cover. 1) 1889 first edition of Athletic Sports edited by Harry Clay Palmer (published by Hubbard Brothers, Philadelphia). The 711-page book provides information on a number of sports including baseball, tennis, lacrosse, polo, cricket, and cycling. Despite the wealth of information offered on those sports, the book’s significance today is due almost exclusively to its extensive coverage of the famous Spalding 1888/89 World Baseball Tour. Palmer traveled with the tourists on that trip and he has devoted almost half the book to his personal report of the tour. This book has always remained the definitive period account of the 1888/89 World Tour and Palmer goes into great detail with regard to each leg of that historic sojourn. The book (7 x 9.5 inches) displays moderate-to-heavy wear along the brown cloth boards and there is some slight separation along the spine. The pages all remain clean and bright. In Very Good condition. 2) 1900 first edition of A Ballplayer’s Career by Cap Anson (published by the Era Publishing Co., Chicago). The 339-page book covers his life in baseball and, like Palmer, Anson also devotes a great number of pages to the 1888/89 World Tour. The book (5.5 x 8 inches) displays moderate wear along the green cloth boards. The name of a former owner is written on the front endpaper. Very Good to Excellent condition overall. 3) Eight-page program from a 1907 game between the Philadelphia Athletics and Cleveland Indians. This rare program features a full-length image of A’s pitcher Rube Waddell on the cover. Waddell was one of the era’s greatest pitchers and most irrepressible characters. Unfortunately, he passed away in 1914 at the age of twenty-eight. The game is neatly scored in pencil for a game won by Cleveland 6-5. Waddell is circled as the pitcher for the A’s, while the preprinted lineup for Cleveland includes Napoleon Lajoie as the second baseman. The scorecard (6.25 x 9.25 inches) has a vertical center fold and a few light stains throughout. In Very Good to Excellent condition. Total: 3 items (2 books and a scorecard). Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $822.50
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