Hard Cover. New York: Cosmopolitan Book Corporation, 1931. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first printing. Original publisher's gray cloth, lettered in blue with an illustration of Babe Ruth to the front cover, dust jacket with matching illustration to the front panel and lettered in dark red. About near fine with mild wear to the spine ends and a small former owner's signature from 1931 to the front endpaper; dust jacket with some shallow chips, slight loss to the spine end, splitting along fold at spine and front panel, else very good or better. A very attractive example in the extremely scarce dust jacket. Housed in a dark blue custom folding box. How to Play Baseball is a book on baseball fundamentals by the legendary 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.