REVIEW COPY OF THE MAGNIFICENT YANKEES, INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR TOM MEANY TO “RED,” AND SIGNED BY YOGI BERRA AND PHIL RIZZUTO
MEANY, Tom. The Magnificent Yankees. New York: A.S. Barnes, (1952). Octavo, original red paper-covered boards, original dust jacket. $750.
First edition, review copy, of this “up-to-the-minute” profile of the New York Yankees, signed by Yogi Berra and Phil Rizzuto on their pictures, and inscribed, “To Red [Barber]— All the best. Tom Meany.” Review slip dated “May 29” laid in.
This is the first of the Barnes series of profiles of Major League ball clubs. Tom Meany, called by many "Baseball's Boswell," spent most of career covering the Brooklyn Dodgers, ultimately becoming the publicist for the Mets. His biography of the Bronx Bombers is the "inside story of Casey Stengel, the so-called clown manager who won three World Series in his first three seasons in the American League;… of the colorful Yogi Berra… and Phil (Scooter) Rizzuto." Grobani 7-26. See Smith 5166 (1964 edition).