1910 The National Game Book Inscribed & Signed by Spink
This baseball “bible” is a remarkable piece of history recognized as the first important history of baseball ever written. The work of Alfred H. Spink, author and founder of Sporting News, one of the great baseball papers in American history, this book came 1 year before Spalding’s American National Game. Beautifully inscribed and dated on the inside page in black fountain pen, “To E.D. Anderson with Kindest and best wishes of the author, A.H. Spink Sept. 25, 1913”. Spink had a lofty self-image, as you can sense from the inscription. Pen is miraculously near mint! Signature is an 8+/10. Fabulous testimonial is from the original publishing in 1910 (second revised edition published in 1911). Fabulous history of the game incorporates biographies of every ML and former ML player at the time. Sketches & photos of Managers, players, umpires, journalists, & everyone around the game include Evers, Chance, Wagner, Cobb, Walter Johnson, even Henry Chadwick, the “Father of Baseball”! Pages are EX-MT to NRMT and the hard cover binding is VG-EX. This has been out of print since 1911, making this an exceptional and rare piece of the early 20th century baseball evolution.