ONE OF 200 ARTIST'S PROOF COPIES
LEIFER, Neil. Ballet in the Dirt: The Golden Age of Baseball. Cologne: Taschen, 2007. Oblong folio (13-1/2 by 16 inches), original half cloth with photographic boards, original slipcase, original shipping box. $1750.
Signed limited first edition, number 96 of only 200 artist's proof copies (out of a total limited edition of 1200) signed by Leifer on the limitation page, with over 300 of Leifer's stunning photographs.
"Professional baseball of the 1960s and 1970s belongs to Neil Leifer, the premier sports photographer of his generation. In 1960, at age 17, Neil had the human drive to match his new Nikon motor drive and he was on his way. With gumption and an eye for the decisive moment, the baby-faced kid from Manhattan's Lower East Side was soon selling his photos to Sports Illustrated. This superb collection of images reflects the total access Neil had to the players on the field, in the dugout, and in the locker room. All the pathos, elation, disappointment, and celebration are etched upon the faces of the players and their mercurial fans. From the 1960 World Series between the Yankees and the Pirates—decided in the 9th inning of the 7th game by a Bill Mazeroski home run—to the 1977 World Series between the Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers, Neil Leifer never stopped shooting. He was up in the nosebleed section of the grandstands in Yankee Stadium, in the rafters of the Astrodome in Houston, or a helicopter high above. Who won the games wasn't important, only how the game was played—the blood, sweat, and grace. It's all about the game, and Leifer's photographs create a topographical map to the very heart and soul of baseball" (Taschen).
A fine copy.