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1940’s How to Hit…and Play Second Base Booklet By Rogers Hornsby
Offered for sale is a very rare piece of baseball memorabilia, How to Hit...and Play Second Base Booklet. This booklet was written in the 1940's by the greatest second baseman who ever played the game, Rogers Hornsby. He wrote another booklet, also in the 1940's, titled How to Hit...and Play Third Base. In the 1940's, he was hired by The Chicago Daily News Baseball School at a salary of $6000 to conduct an afternoon clinic for the youngsters of Chicago.
This booklet has 22 pages and measures 5" wide x 9" long. It is filled with examples on how to hit and play all positions with tips from those who played the game in the 1940's. Pages 15 to 20 of the booklet is titled, How to Play Second by Rogers Hornsby. There is a also a three page section at the end of the booklet that is illustrated by the Chicago Daily News and titled, My Biggest Baseball Day in the 1926 World Series by Rogers Hornsby.
Listed below are all the black and white photos of players who give tips on how to play that are found in this booklet: Joe DiMaggio, Roger Hornsby, Al Simmons, Luke Appling, Ted Williams, Johnny Hopp, Tris Speaker, Billy Herman, Jimmy Dykes, Frank Frisch, Billy Herman, Eddie Collins, and the great Babe Ruth. The only ad found in the booklet is on the back cover and is an ad for Wilson Baseball Equipment. The front cover shows a photo of Rogers Hornsby swinging which is also the same photo that was used in the second booklet he published.
His baseball career was nothing but fantastic and along with his .358 batting average and hitting .424 in 1924 these are just a sampling of what he accomplished. In 1999, The Sporting News ranked him the 9th Greatest Baseball Player in Major League History. Those who played with and against him said he was as mean or meaner then the great Ty Cobb. Just type his name into the search and you'll be amazed at what he has accomplished.
**Condition: The front and back covers are in good condition, very clean and bright. The inside pages are in very good condition, very clean and bright. The front cover has minor chipping along top and bottom edges, two 1/8" tears along the top edge, light wear along the stapled edge, a tiny piece missing from the top right corner, and a ¾" long x ¼" wide piece missing from the bottom right corner. The back cover has a 1/8" tear along the top edge, and a tiny crease mark at the bottom left corner.
A rare vintage piece of baseball memorabilia from the Golden Era of Baseball. This great little booklet would be an outstanding addition to any baseball memorabilia collection.
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