Graham's THE NEW YORK YANKEES in Dust Jacket
Graham, Frank. THE NEW YORK YANKEES. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, . ix, , 282 pages, plus frontispiece and seven double-sided plates (complete). Original publisher's blue cloth stamped in white. [22 cm.] About very good in good plus dust jacket. Spine ends slightly bumped and with a tiny tear at the base. A few light, pinhead-sized spots to front cover. Browning to portion of front endpapers not covered by dust jacket flaps (acid transfer from binders glue). Light, mostly marginal foxing to plates and facing pages with no detriment to images. Jacket has a small (less than 1 cm) chip to the head of the spine, short (2 cm) tear to the lower corner of the front panel, a split (5 cm) between the rear panel and rear flap, and several other tiny chips and tears. The jacket is foxed on the verso, but shows only a little faint spotting on the front flap and rear panel.
FIRST EDITION, with no statement of later printings. Price ($3.00) intact on front flap of jacket. Copies of first printings with dust jackets are scarce in any condition.
"This could have been a dull, stodgy tome that was packed with statistics and devoid of life or color. But Mr. Graham has breathed fire into it, caught the excitement of the pennant races and adroitly captured the personalities of the ever-shifting cast of characters who have contributed to the rise of the Yankee dynasty. Nonfiction books ordinarily do not have heroes. However, this one has. He is that ever picturesque and ever flamboyant personality, Babe Ruth. The book whirls at express train speed once he makes his entrance, just the Yankees raced to the top when the Sultan of Swat joined the club." --Arthur Daley's review of the book in "New York History," Oct., 1943, pp. 589-590.
Frank Graham (1893-1965) was a sportswriter for the New York Sun (1915-1943) and the New York Journal-American (1945-1965), and sports editor of Look Magazine. He wrote several other respected books on baseball including biographies of Lou Gehrig and John McGraw and histories of the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers.
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