G P Putnam's and Sons, New York. Brooklyn Dodgers is signed on the half-title page by Frank Graham. Connie Mack Philadelphia A's is a Fifth Printing. DJ has shelf-wear present to the DJ extremities (some DJs are chipped at the spine ends and the edges). Bound in cloth boards with titles present to the spine and front board.
Boards have light shelf-wear present to the extremities. Text is clean and free of marks. Lot consists of: Boston Braves; Boston Red Sox; St Louis Cardinals; The Pittsburh Pirates; The Philadelphia Phillies; The Cincinnati Reds; The Chicago Cubs; Chicago White Sox; The Brooklyn Dodgers; The Cleveland Indians; The Detroit Tigers; The New York Giants; The New York Yankees; The Milwaukee Braves; The Baltimore Orioles; The Washington Senators and Connie Mack: Grand Old Man of Baseball (Philadelphia A's). Shortly after Lou Gehrig's tragic death in 1941, sportswriter Frank Graham approached G.
Putnam's Sons, a New York-based publisher, with an idea for a Gehrig biography. The result, "A Quiet Hero, " was one of their major successes for the next two decades, went to more than 20 printings, and was practically required reading for schoolboys. Thus began a wonderful series of team histories, which Putnam would issue over the next dozen years, when they did their 16th and last, the Baltimore Orioles. (One, called "Connie Mack: Grand Old Man of Baseball, " was of course, a history of the Athletics, but it was the only one that did not bear the team name).
First Edition 1943-55 Full Run of 17 Putnam Major League Baseball Team Histories. Up For Sale Today is. Full Run of 16 Putnam Major League Baseball Team Histories. Boston Braves Boston Red Sox St Louis Cardinals The Pittsburh Pirates The Philadelphia Phillies The Cincinnati Reds The Chicago Cubs Chicago White Sox The Brooklyn Dodgers The Cleveland Indians The Detroit Tigers The New York Giants The New York Yankees The Milwaukee Braves The Baltimore Orioles The Washington Senators & Connie Mack: Grand Old Man of Baseball (Philadelphia Athletics). Frank Graham, Frederick Lieb, Warren Brown, Lee Allen, Shirley Povich, Franklin Lewis, Harold Kaese.Between Graham (Yankees, Dodgers, and Giants), and Fred Lieb (Phillies, Tigers, Red Sox, Pirates, Athletics, Cardinals and Orioles), ten of the 16 were accounted for. Warren Brown did the Cubs and White Sox, Lee Allen the Reds, Shirley Povich the Senators, Franklin "Whitey" Lewis the Indians, and Harold Kaese the Braves. All but Lewis are in the writer's wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Povich was the last of the group to die, passing away in 1998, after writing a column about Mark McGwire and David Wells for the Washington Post.
For the others, part of the joy of these books was that the authors went back themselves to the early part of the century, or at least knew people connected with the team's early days. In fact, that is what makes these histories so important - the writers had access to people, either first or second hand, who lived through the early decades of the franchise's history. Lieb was born in 1888 and began covering baseball in 1910. Graham was born in 1893 and could talk to Clark Griffith about managing the original Highlanders.
Brown was born in 1895, Povich in 1905. Brown had access to Cap Anson. Povich was pals with Walter Johnson. Their writing bears much credibility today as an important, if somewhat mild view of each team's development, and can never be dismissed simply because they came from a more benign era of writing. The profiles offered of star players, managers and owners were generally based on first hand familiarity.Long-forgotten names are given due justice in these pages. The writing style is reflective of its time, when there were 400 players on 16 teams, and no one said anything worse than "shucks" when they lost a poker hand on a Pullman, or "darn" when hit on the funnybone by a pitch. Louis Cardinals" was the second book in the series, published in 1944, with Graham's "Brooklyn Dodgers following in 1945. In order, the list then read Tigers and Cubs ('46), Red Sox ('47), Reds ('48), Braves and Pirates ('48), Indians ('49), White Sox and Giants ('52), Phillies ('53), Senators ('54), and Orioles ('55).
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