Item #JMCG003 Scientific Baseball, Also the Official Rules for 1909. John J. McGraw.
Scientific Baseball, Also the Official Rules for 1909

Scientific Baseball, Also the Official Rules for 1909

Price: $275.00

Original Wraps. New York City: Published by Richard K. Fox, 1909. First Edition. Very Good.

Illustrated with black and white photos. First edition. Rebound in custom tan cloth with titles in black to spine, with publisher's red wrappers bound in, printed in white with photo of a baseball player mid-toss to front wrapper. Very good, with light offsetting to margins of endpapers, light scratching, rubbing and toning to wrappers, small chip to bottom right corner of front wrapper, small closed tear to right edge of title page, some writing in pencil at bottom of page with diagram of baseball field and a hint of dampstaining to bottom edges of last two leaves, otherwise very clean and fresh internally. Overall, a great copy. John McGraw was a star player and an all-time great manager from the dead-ball era. He helped the Baltimore Orioles win a pennant as a player-manager in the late 1890s, and then became manager for the New York Giants for almost thirty years (1902 - 1932), during which time he led the team to 10 pennant wins and three World Series titles (1905, 1921, 1922). As both a player and a manager McGraw was known for his aggressive style and willingness to bend the rules in the pursuit of winning (one of McGraw's coaches famously said that he "eats gunpowder for breakfast and washes it down with warm blood"). McGraw holds records for most pennant wins as a manager (10, tied with Casey Stengel) and most seasons managed (31). He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1937, which was the second induction class in the sport's history. This baseball manual features McGraw's insights on how to play and excel at the various positions in baseball, and the official rules and team schedules for the year in which it was published. Item #JMCG003