1911 The National Game by Alfred Spink

Sold For: $533

Auction Year: 2012 spring

Lot: 1015

Item Year: 1910

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Second edition of The National Game by Alfred Spink. Although the title page bears a 1910 publishing date (National Publishing Co., St. Louis, 1910), the preface clearly notes that this is the "Second and Enlarged and Revised Edition/September, 1911." As such, it contains new information not found in the earlier 1910 edition. The 410-page book (6.5 x 9.25 inches) provides a detailed history of the game, beginning with the 1833 Olympic Club of Philadelphia, through 1911. This is THE baseball book of the 1910 era, presenting a complete history of the game, with literally hundreds of photographs. This book is also considered by many to be the finest and most substantial of all early historical baseball books, mainly because its author, Alfred Spink, who founded The Sporting News in 1886, was universally recognized as the dean of American sportswriters in 1911. If anyone were qualified to write a comprehensive history of our national pastime at the time, it was Alfred Spink. The book's design is identical to the 1910 edition and features red cloth boards with gilt lettering on the front cover and spine. General wear is evident on the covers, and there is some minor cracking to the paper over the front hinge. The pages are generally clean and bright. In Excellent condition overall. The book is beautifully presented in a custom-made folding solander case. From The Barry Sloate Collection. Reserve $200. Estimate $300/$500. SOLD FOR $533

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