Hard Cover. New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc., 1948. First Edition. Very Good.
First edition, first printing. Inscribed by Ruth, to the half-title page: "To Alfred V Sloan Jr / Sincerely / Babe Ruth 1948". Additionally inscribed by Yankees team owner, Dan Topping on a card affixed to the front endpaper: "To Al Sloan / Best Wishes / Dan Topping". Publisher's gray boards with titles in red to front board and spine, image of Ruth with baseball pattern commemorating Ruth's 60 home run season to front endpapers, drawing of Ruth and Yankee Stadium by to rear endpapers, two inscription cards taped to front free endpaper verso. Very good, with light rubbing and soiling to exterior, touch of wear to spine ends, light toning to spine, some toning and offsetting to inscribed pages. A solid copy with exceptional inscriptions. In The Babe Ruth Story, Ruth gives a personal account of his extraordinary life and career. Ruth's dominance on the baseball field made him a mythic figure in the sport, even in his own lifetime. He is behind some of the most memorable moments in baseball history, like calling his home run shot in the 1932 World Series and initiating the "Curse of the Bambino" when he was traded from the Red Sox to the Yankees in 1920. On The Babe Ruth Story's dedication page, Ruth calls the book "the only authentic story of my life." The book is co-written by Bob Considine, who also co-wrote the bestselling account of the Doolittle Raid in World War II, Thirty Seconds over Tokyo (1943), and was a successful journalist for William Randolph Hearst's publications for multiple decades. In addition to being inscribed by Ruth, the book is inscribed by Dan Topping and Bob Porterfield. Topping was a part owner of the Yankees for nearly 20 years (1945-1964), during which time the team won an unbelievable ten World Series titles. Porterfield pitched for twelve seasons in the MLB and was a rookie with the Yankees the year that this book was published. He was selected as an All-Star in 1954. The book is inscribed to Alfred V. Sloan Jr., a distinguished faculty member at FIT, who taught at the institution for 57 years.