Humor Among The Minors: True Tales from the Baseball Brush
Ashenback, Edward Michael; Ryder, Jack (ed.)
Price: 149.95 USD
Chicago: Donohue, 1911. First edition. First edition. Octavo hardcover in mustard colored cloth with red, white and green tipped on front cover baseball cartoon, spine lettered and decorated in black. 218 pp. With sixteen monochrome photographic plates including portraits of Hall of Famers Jim O'Rourke, John McGraw, Connie Mack and Hugh Jennings as well as other notable minor league officials and a composite team portrait of the Charlotte Base Ball Club of 1902 (see below for important information on this image). Historical and often humorous anecdotes on baseball's minor leagues around the tunr of the 20th century. Ed Ashenback was the manager of the Syracuse team in the New York State League at time of publication, having played minor league ball from 1890 to 1904. Of particular importance is the composite team photo of the 1902 Charlotte team of the North Carolina League that features as a pictured member Archibald "Moonlight" Graham, the obscure player (he played one inning for the 1905 New York Giants and never came to bat) who achieved legendary status as a pivitol figure in W.P. Kinsella's "Shoeless Joe" and the movie "Field of Dreams". An extremely scarce baseball title. Generally very good, repaired tear to the front pastedown and strip of the rear pastedown spine side lacking. Some minor wrinkling to the tipped on front cover comic illustration. Some very light tidemarking to some of the text. A presentable, affordable example. First edition. Very Good.