Touching Second: The Science of Baseball (Dutch Bergman's boyhood copy presented to sportswriter Bob Addie)

Evers, John J.; Fullerton, Hugh

Published by Reilly & Britton, Chicago, 1910
Condition: Good Hardcover
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First edition. Hardcover in tan cloth lettered in red and with tipped on front cover photographic title panel featuring Evers turning a double play. 308 pps. Illustrated with full page photographic plates. One of the keystone titles of early baseball, an anecdotal how-to from the Chicago Cubs second baseman and middle man of the famed "Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance" double play combination. Evers, known as "The Crab" as much for his personality (he was not on speaking terms with Mr. Tinker) as for his scuttling fielding style, was highly if grudingly repected by players of his era for his brainy "inside" style of play. The full page photo illustrations include Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson, teammate Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown and others. Rubbed at the tips and spine ends, cover illustration rubbed and with a small peeled spot near the "Second" in the title. This was the personal boyhood copy of football player and coach Arthur "Dutch" Bergman who inscribed his own name in black grease pencil and date of Dec. 25, (19)10 along with his pencil signature on the front free endpaper. In 1962 , Bergman gifted the book to noted Washington Post sportswriter Bob Addie; a typed note signed "Dutch" is affixed to the front pastedown--dated August 6, 1962 it reads in part, "This book was given to me in my boyhood days. Because you are one of our outstanding sportswriters and because of your great interest in baseball, I thought you would like to have it for your library." Dutch Bergman coached the Washington Redskins in 1943, leading them to the NFL championship game (which they lost to Chicago); he also coached Catholic University for ten years with an Orange Bowl win in 1936. Bob Addie covered the Washington Senators until they left town after the 1971 season and was a winner of the Spink Award in 1981. Bookseller Inventory # E13635

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Title: Touching Second: The Science of Baseball (...

Publisher: Reilly & Britton, Chicago

Publication Date: 1910

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Edition: First edition.

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