"NO ONE EMBODIED THE AMERICAN DREAM… OR CREATED A MORE ENDURING LEGEND THAN JOE DIMAGGIO": FIRST EDITION OF LUCKY TO BE A YANKEE, SIGNED BY JOE DIMAGGIO
DIMAGGIO, Joe. Lucky to Be a Yankee. New York: Rudolph Field (Greenberg), (1946). Octavo, original green cloth, original dust jacket. $2200.
First edition, first printing of this early and very elusive biography of Joe DiMaggio, boldly signed by him, with frontispiece and 32 pages of game-photographs of the Yankees, in original dust jacket.
"No one more embodied the American dream of fame and fortune or created a more enduring legend than Joe DiMaggio… He was called the Yankee Clipper and was acclaimed at baseball's centennial in 1969 as 'the greatest living ballplayer,' the man who in 1,736 games with the Yankees had a career batting average of .325 and hit 361 home runs while striking out only 369 times, one of baseball's most amazing statistics" (New York Times). "DiMaggio was a man of few words. That's why his autobiography, Lucky to Be a Yankee, first published while he still was playing, was a treat for his fans… the book is packed with insights about his career, his fellow ballplayers and the national pastime that he played so gracefully" (PBS/American Experience). Dubbed "Jolting Joe," he recalls his development from "a gawky, awkward kid" to one of the baseball's finest athletes. Many rate his 56-consecutive-game hitting streak in 1941 as the top baseball feat of all time. First edition, first printing: with no statement of edition or printings on the copyright page; dust jacket front flap with $2.00 price, no statement of printings. Issued in green cloth (this copy), red cloth, and blue-gray cloth, no priority determined. Introduction by James A. Farley. Foreword by sportswriter Grantland Rice. With tipped-in frontispiece of DiMaggio; containing 32 pages of illustrations, including full-page images of DiMaggio at bat and other Yankee legends such as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Ty Cobb. Smith 12295. Grobani 8-39.
Book fine; faintest edge-wear to colorful near-fine dust jacket.