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Base-Ball: How to Become a Player, with the Origin, History, and Expansion of the Game by  John Montgomery WARD - First Edition - 1888 - from Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABAA and Biblio.co.uk

Base-Ball: How to Become a Player, with the Origin, History, and Expansion of the Game

by WARD, John Montgomery

Condition: Near Fine


Philadelphia: The Athletic Publishing Company, 1888. Hardcover. Near Fine. First edition, wrappered issue. 149pp. Bound in black cloth covers with wrappers bound in. A couple of old professional paper repairs, slight wear, a near fine copy. Ward was one of the great pitchers; when he injured his arm, he became a star shortstop for the New York Giants. Unlike most players of his day, he was a college graduate, earning a law degree from Columbia while playing. He was the first President of the Brotherhood of Professional Base Ball Players, the first players' union, and in 1890 helped to form the Players' League, which folded after one season. The Hall of Famer retired at 34 as player-manager of the world champion Giants. One of the first truly important books on baseball as a game.


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