First Edition of The Babe Ruth Story; Signed by the Great Bambino
The Babe Ruth Story.
Item Number: 4667
New York: E.P. Dutton, 1948.
First edition of Ruth’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated, pictorial endpapers. Signed by Babe Ruth on the half-title page. Fine in the original dust jacket with some wear and tear. As told to Bob Considine. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
The story of the greatest baseball player who ever lived, told in his own words, spans his life and includes the highs and lows, friendships, loves, and feuds, and career milestones of the man who symbolizes America's favorite game.
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Full length photograph of Babe Ruth posing at a Massachusetts golf course with four other men, signed by Babe Ruth. Also signed by Massachusetts politicians John P. Feeney and Tom McEnanly. The photograph measures 7.25 inches by 9 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15 inches by 17 inches. An exceptional photograph, rare and desirable signed by Ruth.
Spalding Official League Special baseball, signed by Yankee legends, Babe Ruth on the sweetspot and Lou Gehrig on the west panel. Lindenhurst NY Oct 18 1930 appears on the north panel in an unknown hand. For the fishing village of Lindenhurst, Long Island, this 1930 exhibition game with Ruth and Gehrig (avid fishermen themselves) was regarded as the greatest sporting event in local history—and it remains so to this day. First, the Yankee legends were honored with a parade fit for kings. Then, more than 4,000 star-struck spectators gathered at Meridale Baseball Park for a contest between their Lindenhurst ball club (managed by Babe’s fishing buddy Addie Klein) and the Ruth/Gehrig all-star squad. What ultimately stole all the headlines was the Bambino’s ninth-inning moon shot, reported here by the Lindenhurst Star newspaper: “The second pitch was shoulder-high, and that’s where Ruth likes ’em. He took a healthy swing and ‘crack’ went the bat as the ball went sailing out over the rightfielder’s head! The ball landed just in back of the Old Homestead Inn, corner Wellwood Avenue and Montauk Highway, and was said to be the longest drive ever seen on the home grounds…The most famous ballplayer in the world just grinned as he trotted at a slow pace around to third base where he halted, not wishing to continue on to home plate, apparently satisfied with the triple.” (In addition to Ruth’s gesture of sportsmanship and humility, Gehrig is said to have donated his financial compensation to the Lindenhurst team.) According to the Village of Lindenhurst website: It was a cold, windy October day at the Meridale Baseball Park at West Montauk Highway and South Second Street. But nothing could keep the crowds away on that brisk fall day of 1930. That was the day Babe Ruth came to Lindenhurst. Accompanied by other big-leaguers such as Lou Gehrig, Ruth played an exhibition game against Addie Klein’s Lindenhurst Nine, an amateur baseball club. Bundled up in blankets and overcoats, none of the 4,000 fans seemed to mind that the local team got beat by Ruth and his cohorts by a score of 10-4.
First Edition of Jerome Travers' The Fifth Estate: Twenty Years of Golf; In the Rare original Dust Jacket
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1926.
First edition. Octavo, original illustrated cloth. An excellent example in the rare dust jacket with some small chips and tears. Illustrated with plates from photographs.
Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1931.
First edition. Octavo, 2 volumes, original cloth. Both volumes are near fine in very good to near fine dust jackets.
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1961.
First edition of the final autobiography of one of the most remarkable Americans of the twentieth century. Octavo, original blue cloth, illustrated. Signed by Eleanor Roosevelt on the half-title page. Some rubbing to the cloth in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with a chip to the front panel. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Examples of Eleanor Roosevelt’s Autobiography are rare signed, as it was published only one year before her death.
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1997.
First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Lengthily inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Andy and Ernestine I hope you enjoy “My Story” My best always Jack Nicklaus 1997.” Also signed by Jack Nicklaus’ wife, Barbara Nicklaus. Additionally inscribed by Pandel Savic, “Andy and Ernestine I love you ‘all’ Pandel Savic.” Savic was a close friend of Nicklaus, who played an important role in the golf community and served as longtime chairman of the PGA’s Memorial Tournament. Fine in a fine dust jacket. A unique example.