Hard Cover. Chicago: Era Publishing Co., 1900. First Edition. Very Good.
First edition, first printing. From the library of former major league baseball player, Eugene "Gene" DeMontreville. Original publisher's green cloth, spine lettered in blue, front cover with ball player illustration of Anson and lettering in blue. A very good copy with wear and rubbing to the extremities, a few small scattered stains and light soiling to cloth, hinges repaired, plate facing page 46 with tape repairs to verso, and the signature of baseball player, Eugene DeMontreville and "B B B Club" notation to the front pastedown. Eugene "Gene" DeMontreville played professional baseball from 1894-1904 at second base and shortstop, playing on 8 different teams in his 11-year career. DeMontreville was a former teammate of Hall of Famers Kid Nichols, Billy Hamilton, and Vic Willis for the 1901-1902 Boston Beaneaters (later Boston Braves), and Connie Mack for the 1894 Pittsburgh Pirates. He also played on the 1900 National League Champion Brooklyn Superbas (later Brooklyn Dodgers). His 36-game hitting streak for the Washington Senators from 1896-1897 ranks as the 10th longest in Major League Baseball history. 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).