"Baseball's Greatest Drama." Joseph J. KRUEGER.
"Baseball's Greatest Drama."
"Baseball's Greatest Drama."
"Baseball's Greatest Drama."

"Baseball's Greatest Drama."

Milwaukee: Joseph J. Krueger, [1945]. Hardcover. 8vo. Green cloth with gilt lettering and graphic, pictorial dust jacket. 459pp. Illustrations. Very good/good plus. Endpapers a bit age toned; jacket edgeworn and a bit age toned, with several small edge chips; faint floral mustiness. Item #46847

Handsome and tight third edition of this (to cite jacket front panel) "World Series History 1903 to 1945" -- first published in 1942 but this edition bringing the series up through the then-current 1945 World Series. This unique copy bears twelve choice autograph additions: Signatures of six of the winning Detroit Tigers and six of the losing Chicago Cubs, all on fine heavy stock 5" X 2 3/4" cards -- six on the front flyleaf (recto and verso) and six on the half-title leaf (recto and verso). First come the victorious Detroit Tigers, top to bottom: outfielder and first baseman ROY CULLENBINE (1913-91), who signs large and bold in blue ballpoint; pitcher ART HOUTTEMAN (1927-2003), who signs in blue ballpoint and dates it 17 May 1988 at upper right; infielder EDDIE MAYO (1910-2006), who signs in blue ballpoint and dates it 15 March 1975 at upper right; outfielder and third baseman JIMMY OUTLAW (1913-2006), who signs in blue ballpoint and dates it 20 March 1974 at upper right; pitcher BILL PIERCE (1927-2015), who signs in black fineline and dates it 13 March 1975 at upper right; and pitcher VIRGIL TRUCKS (1917-2013), who signs in purple fineline and dates it 16 May 1973 at upper right. Then come the defeated Chicago Cubs, top to bottom: pitcher HANK BOROWY (1916-2004), who signs in black ballpoint; pitcher PHIL CAVARRETTA (1916-2010), who signs in green ballpoint, pens "Best Wishes" above and dates it 5 June 1972 at upper right; infielder ROY J. HUGHES (1911-95), who signs in blue ballpoint, pens "Cleveland Indians / St. Louis Browns / Philadelphia Phillies / Chicago Cubs -- 1945 Pennant Winner" below and dates it 2 September 1974 at upper right; shortstop LEONARD RICHARD MERULLO (1917-2015), who signs in blue ballpoint and dates it 8 May 1974 at upper right; right fielder BILL NICHOLSON (1914-96), who signs in black ballpoint and dates it 5 July 1972 at upper right; and pitcher CLAUDE PASSEAU (1909-2003), who signs in blue ballpoint, pens "Sincerely" above and dates it 25 March 1973 at upper right. Laid in are the original transmittal envelopes for eleven of these twelve (none for Cullenbine). A lovely copy extra-illustrated with a dozen player signatures.

Price: $495.00

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