Hard Cover. Chicago: Era Publishing Co., 1900. First Edition. Near Fine.
First edition, first printing. Original publisher's green cloth, spine lettered in blue, front cover with ball player illustration of Anson and lettering in blue. An excellent copy with some scattered spots to the rear cover and a small gift inscription to the first blank. A Ball Player's Career is considered the first baseball biography ever published in book form, where Anson recounts his professional baseball career and international goodwill tours. Anson led Chicago to six National League pennants in the 1880's, and still holds several Cubs franchise records, while being the only Cub in the 3,000 hit club. He was also one of the first 19th century baseball players inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame (1939).