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1911 America's National Game Signed by A. G. Spalding
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $2,937.50
Hardcover first edition of America's National Game by A. G. Spalding (American Sports Publishing Company, New York, 1911), beautifully signed, inscribed, and dated by Spalding in black fountain pen on the front flyleaf: "To George Boch - with my compliments and Christmas greetings. A. G. Spalding - Point Loma Calif. Dec. 25. 1911." Both the inscription and signature have been uniformly and very boldly scripted, grading "9" overall. This book is considered one of the great classics of baseball literature because it was the most ambitious history of the game ever published to date, is profusely illustrated, and because it incorporates the findings of the Mills Report of 1907. That report credited Abner Doubleday (albeit erroneously) with having inventing the game of baseball in 1839. With the publication of this book, that myth became firmly entrenched within the collective consciousness of American culture and persists to this day, despite its refutation in more modern times by numerous historians. A. G. Spalding was perhaps the most influential figure in baseball history, having been a former star pitcher, team owner, and sporting-goods magnate. He passed away in 1915 and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1939. The 542-page book (5.5 x 8 inches) is complete with all of its fold-out illustrations. The book displays a very minor light water stain along the bottom of the spine that very lightly affects a number of the interior pages. The signature flyleaf page and inscription are unaffected and the book is otherwise in Very Good to Excellent condition. From the Barry Halper Collection. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000+. SOLD FOR $2,937.50
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