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Monday, February 8, 2021

My Turn at Bat

 I'm sure lots of you keep your eyes open for old sports books (or new ones).  I was excited to find this one at a local thrift store.  Did you know that in the UK they're called "charity shops"?  I like that.  I also like their term "wheelie bin" for the plastic garbage can you take to the curb.  I call ours that now.  But I digress.

Here's the book I found recently.  Some of you have probably read it.  I think I've seen The Science of Hitting but I don't think I've ever seen any edition of this one.  The book is copyrighted 1969.   This copy is a 4th edition.

I don't seem to have either the 1969 or 1970 cards but I did find this one.  Ted had such a winning smile, didn't he?
Here's Ted not looking quite as happy.  He was a complicated man.

This is a bound galley of Leigh Montville's book on Ted.
I took this one out from the library.  I do not retain well what I read but I do know I preferred this one to the Montville.  On Amazon they've both received 4-1/2 stars.  
This book, a larger format paperback, is on my sports bookshelf.  I think it was a gift.  I haven't read it yet.

I did a post about this about 6 years ago.  A friend of my Dad's gave it to me.  I have no clue whether the autograph is authentic or not.  It looks reasonably good but there are a lot of fakes out there.  I read, probably in one of the books above, that Ted's son, John Henry, signed a lot of things.  Who knows.  Any opinions?

What's your most exciting book find, sports or otherwise?


  1. I loved the books Jay Johnstone co-wrote. I got one of them at a book fair in 6th grade or junior high...not so much a "find" but one of my favorites.

  2. I found a signed copy of a novel Jim Bouton wrote in the late '80s (think it was called "Strike Zone") at a thrift store for two bucks. Didn't even notice it was signed by Bouton himself until I got to my car(!).

    1. Bonus! I found a signed memoir by Gene Cernan. Made out to someone specific, but still, the last man on the moon. C,mon.

  3. The Giver by Lois Lowry is one of my favorite books... and I found a signed copy at B&N on one of my trips up to Portland. I was pretty stoked to find that. It's actually my second signed copy. I also have one when she did a book tour back in the early 2000's.

    1. I've sold scores of that book but have never read it. Guessing I should, huh?

    2. If you like utopian/dystopian kind of stories, I'd highly recommend it. Number the Stars (historical fiction) is another great book written by Lowry. If she ever does another book signing in my area, that's the next one I'd like to get signed.

  4. I'm certainly no anglophile, but I do like the term "charity shop" (and yes, I did know that that's what they're called over there).

    1. I think I only heard that term recently, on "Escape to the Chateau". Fun show BTW.

  5. I recently found a Ray Bradbury autographed book for my wife, which she absolutely loves.

    1. That's awesome. I've read a little of his work, "Dandelion Wine" and some short stories.

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