Hard Cover. New York: Birch Lane Press, 1990. First Edition. Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, third printing. Signed by Feller on half-title page. Publisher’s red cloth-backed cream boards, titles in white to spine, dark blue endpapers; original dust jacket designed by Mike Stromberg, photo of Feller by Mort Tucker to rear panel. Near fine with just some light soiling to front board, and a touch of offsetting to endpapers; fine unclipped dust jacket. Overall, a very pleasing copy. In this baseball memoir, Bob Feller, nicknamed “The Heater from Van Meter,” recounts the highs and lows of his personal life and career. Feller came into the league when he was just 17 years old. Cy Slapnicka, the scout who discovered him, said, “I didn’t know then that he was smart and had the heart of a lion, but I knew that I was looking at an arm the likes of which you see only once in a lifetime.” The prodigy played all eighteen of his major league seasons with the Cleveland Indians. He garnered eight All-Star selections and won the unofficial Triple Crown in 1940 by leading the league in wins, ERA, and strikeouts. He was inducted to the Hall of Fame in 1962.