"THE STORY OF MR. BASEBALL": FIRST EDITION OF BABE RUTH, 1948
(RUTH, Babe) WELDON, Martin. Babe Ruth. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, (1948). Octavo, original blue cloth, original dust jacket. $850.
First edition of this early biography of the Bambino, illustrated with a portrait frontispiece and eight pages of photographs.
"To Martin Weldon, growing up in the 1920s, Babe Ruth was 'just about the biggest man in the world.'" "Millions of words have been written about Ruth since he first donned a major league uniform in 1914" (Bob Considine), and "the famous legends about the Babe are all here." Weldon follows Ruth's career year by year—"almost game by game"—with anecdotes never before published. The life of the Sultan of Swat was played "always on a broad, conspicuous, and most entertaining scale." Smith 18887. Grobani 8-18.
Book with minor stain to fore-edge, about-fine. Dust jacket with light edge-wear and creasing, rubbing along folds, including a closed tear along front joint, clean and bright, extremely good.