“WAIT TILL WE GET IN BROOKLYN! WE’LL MURDER THE BUMS!”: FIRST EDITION OF FRANK GRAHAM’S THE BROOKLYN DODGERS, 1945, SIGNED BY FAMED MANAGER LEO DUROCHER AND SEVEN BALLPLAYERS FROM THE 1945 TEAM
GRAHAM, Frank. The Brooklyn Dodgers. New York: G.P. Putnam's, (1945). Octavo, original gray cloth, original dust jacket. $2800.
First edition of this lively account of the legendary Brooklyn Dodgers by famed sportswriter Frank Graham, an exceptional presentation copy inscribed "To My Friend Charlie Reardon, sincerely Leo 'D'urocher," and signed by seven ballplayers from the 1945 “Brooks”: Curt Davis, Howie Schultz, Dixie Walker, Ed Stanky, Hal Gregg, Babe Herman and Bill Hart, in scarce original dust jacket.
On publication critics immediately praised The Brooklyn Dodgers, writing: "Frank Graham, a sportswriting craftsman with few peers, has told the story of the Brooks in a swift-moving, appealing and light-hearted manner… It's a story of success and failure, of tragic moments (a few) and of daffy doings (many) but back of it all is the fierce loyalty of the Brooklyn fan… The cast of characters which paraded in and out of Brooklyn has been an extraordinary one… the humorous Casey Stengel, the fiery Leo Durocher," and many more. This especially memorable association copy contains the signatures of manager Leo Durocher and seven ballplayers from the 1945 team: Curt Davis, Howie Schultz, Dixie Walker, Ed Stanky, Hal Gregg, Babe Herman and Bill Hart. The Brooklyn Dodgers would go on to win "their last National League pennant on the final day of the 1956 season. In 1957 they finished third. In 1958 they were gone," moving from Ebbets Field to Los Angeles (New York Times). With frontispiece and 14 pages of photographic illustrations. Bookplate.
Book near-fine, price-clipped dust jacket with a bit of light edge-wear and some tape reinforcement on verso, near-fine. A desirable signed copy.