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1923 My Thirty Years In Baseball Inscribed by John McGraw to George M. Cohan
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $1,880.00
Hardcover first edition of My Thirty Years In Baseball by John McGraw (Boni and Liveright, New York, 1923) inscribed to famed showman George M. Cohan. McGraw has inscribed the book "To Geo. M. Cohan From John J. McGraw" in black fountain pen on the front flyleaf. Both the inscription and signature grade "7" overall. John McGraw was an ardent theatergoer and a frequent traveler along New York's "Great White Way." It was no surprise then that he would meet and become close friends with George M. Cohan, one of the greatest performers and composers in American history. The strength of their friendship is evidenced by the fact that Cohan wrote the introduction to this book. At the time of its publication (1923) both McGraw and Cohan were two of the most recognizable figures in New York. McGraw's Giants had just captured their second consecutive World Championship and Cohan, who had written and starred in countless Broadway hits, was known throughout the land for his rousing patriotic songs such as The Yankee Doodle Boy , Give My Regards to Broadway , and Over There . The 265-page illustrated book (5.25 x 7.5 inches) displays moderate wear throughout including a slight separation along the spine. One of the illustration pages is detached but remains present in the book. Very Good condition overall. This is an outstanding McGraw signed item linking two of the most famous personalities in New York during the 1920s, and one of only several signed editions of this important book that we have ever seen. From the Barry Halper Collection. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,880.00
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