Original Wraps. New York City: Published by Richard K. Fox, 1912. 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. Near fine, with light offsetting to margins of endpapers, a small chip to bottom edge of front wrapper, a small closed tear to top edge of rear panel, and some numbers written in pencil to rear wrapper and its verso. Overall, a bright copy of this very scarce title. 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 #JMCG004