Hard Cover. New York: Cosmopolitan Book Corporation, 1931. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first printing. Publisher's light blue cloth, lettered in darker blue with an illustration of Babe Ruth to the front cover; original dust jacket with matching illustration to the front panel, lettered in dark red. Near fine book with light rubbing to front board and a hint of fading to spine; near fine price-clipped dust jacket with a few small nicks and creases to edges and corners, some toning to spine, and a bit of wear to lower spine. Overall, a handsome and sturdy copy. How to Play Baseball is a book on baseball fundamentals by the legendary player Babe Ruth. Each chapter covers a different element of the game, such as "The Batting Stance," "How to Throw a Curveball," and "Blocking the Plate." The book also includes over thirty full-page photos of Ruth instructing young players. Ruth was a big advocate for children playing baseball, famously saying, "I won't be happy until we have every boy in America between the ages of six and sixteen wearing a glove and swinging a bat." Ruth played in the MLB from 1914 to 1935 and revolutionized the game with his incredible home run hitting ability. Many consider him to be the greatest baseball player of all time.