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1905 Philadelphia Athletics American League Champions Sketch Book - Rare!

Lot Number 998

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While we all know of Connie Mack’s first Athletics World Series club, a 1905 installment that won seven of eight down the stretch to help clinch the franchise’s first flag, we’re also familiar with the time-honored terms “Pinch Hit,” “Ball Yard” and “Horsehide.” Yet few can cite where those baseball terms originate. This incredibly rare publication combines the 1905 Athletics and esteemed baseball scribe Charles Dryden, the man who coined the aforementioned diamond jargon. Issued in the wake of the team’s 1905 clinching, the 6x9 guide is formally entitled The Athletics. Sketches by Charles Dryden. With covers and crisp pages intact, the 48 pages contain individual player illustrations and biographical accounts composed by Dryden. Dubbed “The Mark Twain of Baseball,” Dryden has submitted colorful descriptions and period language that only add to the aesthetic appeal. The scarce item presents beautifully with a vertical compacting fold hardly detracting from the overall presentation.

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