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1905 "The Athletics Sketches" by Charles Dryden - Sharp Condition!

Lot Number 373

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As a pair of time-honored baseball deities merged in 1905, the result was this detailed publication paying homage to the first of many successes of an eventual Major League dynasty. Entitled "The Athletics Sketches by Charles Dryden," the 48-page guide was a labor of love for author Dryden, dubbed "The Mark Twain of Baseball" by contemporaries and described as "The North American's Famous Humorist" on the title page. With a full page of biographical text (and another page showcasing an illustration) dedicated to each player of the 1905 American League Champion Athletics, the unique soft-cover booklet is among the most comprehensive of its time. With thick stock covers and crisp pages completely intact, this is perhaps the nicest survivor you'll ever encounter, with prose giving deserved praise to the likes of Mack, Waddell, Bender, Plank - and even utility player Bris Lord (later re-acquired by Mack in exchange for Shoeless Joe Jackson). While the Athletics were to endure a lull some 10 years later, and Dryden's North American was absorbed by the rival Public Ledger in 1925, the legend of Connie Mack's Athletics lives on forever. Scarce in any condition, this one trumps all other examples! 



 
 
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