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1947-1966 Harold Rosenthal Baseball Writer, New York Herald Tribune Scorebooks (28)

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $3,190.00

In the years immediately following WW II, there emerged a man who would become one of New York's most celebrated sports journalists. His name was Harold Rosenthal, and he reported for the New York Herald Tribune. Commencing in 1947, he was regularly assigned the responsibilities of an official scorekeeper. In that capacity, he routinely took his post in the press box, covering various games played by New York's three Major League teams. This offered collection is his working archive - twenty-eight sequential scorebooks spanning nearly 20 years. The books were made by MacGregor Goldsmith and the covers of each of these measures 4.5 x 7.5 (though the number of pages, one to another, isn't consistent). Through the course of his career, Rosenthal numbered each to arrive at this continuum. With only a few exceptions, all of the scored games featured the Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Giants, or the Yankees. (In the later seasons, he covered the Mets.) On the hundreds upon hundreds of pages throughout, are Rosenthal's conscientiously and meticulously entered eyewitness play-by-play accounts. He sometimes traveled outside the New York area to cover away games, but by a large measure, these records were scribed in Ebbets Field, the Polo Grounds, or Yankee Stadium. His method was uniform over the years, and cleanly articulate. From time to time, we see a little editorializing in the margins, and in later years he frequently recorded a game-ending "Hats off" tribute. There are hundreds of games chronicled here - most of them regular season contests. However, included are some Spring Training games, and a few midseason exhibition games. One of these scorebooks was used exclusively to record later years of All-Star and World Series games: included in this one are All-Star Games 1964, 1965 and 1977; entire World Series 1965, 1966, 1967; and all of the Fall Classics from 1976 through 1984. In earlier edition scorebooks we find the entries for All-Star Games 1950 through 1956 and both of the games played for the 1959 and 1960 seasons. Rosenthal's coverage of the earlier World Series events was sparser. However, we do find the entirety of games played for the series of 1947 and 1949. Perhaps of greatest significance is the scored record of all three games of the Giant/Dodger play-off series of 1951. The inclusion of "The Shot Heard Round The World" is an incredible highlight in this archive, and the fact that this is the official eyewitness recording of this significant event by the era's most prominent New York sportswriter gives this book, as well as all his others, a special and unique historical significance. This is a remarkable, full-feature detailing of baseball in New York, as recorded by one of baseball's most applauded professionals. These volumes show natural evidence of use as expected. Overall in about Excellent condition. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $3,190.00


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