"BASEBALL IS LIFE": INSCRIBED BY LOU BROCK AND BROOKS ROBINSON
(BROCK, Lou) (ROBINSON, Brooks) ROSENTHAL, Paul and NATIONAL BASEBALL HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM. America at Bat. Baseball Stuff & Stories. Washington: National Geographic, (2002). Slim quarto, original pictorial paper boards . $950.
First edition of this entertaining photo-illustrated collection of baseball stories, facts, and history, inscribed on the half title: "Lou Brock HOF 85" and "Baseball is Life Brooks Robinson," with a laid-in autograph presentation note by sportscaster and longtime Phillies announcer Harry Kalas: "To Ross, with Best of luck, Harry Kalas."
Intended for children as the official companion to the touring exhibition "Baseball in America," this work serves as a "colorful history showing how the game has evolved over the years. The book consists of a hodgepodge of trivia and questions (with answers in the back), only slightly organized around chapters such as 'Playing the Game' and 'Cheering the Game'" (School Library Journal). This copy is signed by Hall of Famers Lou Brock and Brooks Robinson. Brock was an MLB outfielder who played for the Cubs for three years before being traded to the St. Louis Cardinals, who he played with as a left fielder for 15 years. Notably, Brock was among the second generation of MLB African American players, playing during the Civil Rights movement and becoming a celebrity on and off the field. Robinson was regarded as the greatest defensive third baseman in major league history, playing a solid 23 years with the Baltimore Orioles. This volume also has a laid-in gift note from sportscaster and iconic Philadelphia sports announcer Harry Kalas, who did play-by-play for the Phillies for nearly 40 years.