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1910s-1950s Baseball Publications/Ephemera (12 Items) - From Polo Grounds Superintendent

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VG to EX condition overall.


1921 Spink Sport Stories: 1000 Big and Little Ones by Al Spink (Volume I, VG; and Volume II, GD/VG)


1925 Constitution and Playing Rules of the National League: Compliments of John A. Heydler (PR/FR)


1935 Charlie White's Little Red Book of Baseball (5x7, gilt-embossed with Charles A. Stoneham's name as if it were his personal copy)


1942 "Winning Baseball" magazine-sized softback book by Ethan Allen


1950 Sporting News Record Book (GD, Williams cover)


1950 Sporting News "Knotty Problems of Base Ball" by Billy Evans


2/4/51 New York BBWAA "Eating and Oratorical Contest" at Waldorf-Astoria banquet program/seating list honoring William Harridge and Eddie Stanky (6-1/2" x 9-3/4", designed to look like a game scorecard)


1951 "National League 75th Anniversary Official History" hardback book (9x12)


1953 National Baseball Congress "Official Annual" (perforated "Baseball Rules" booklet still intact inside)


1954 Sporting News Baseball Guide (Stengel cover)


1955 World Series program at Brooklyn (unscored)


1955 Sporting News Official Baseball Rules



The Jim Trainor NY Giants Collection

Polo Grounds superintendent Jim Trainor was there when Carl Hubbell struck out Ruth, Gehrig, Foxx, Simmons and Cronin in the 1934 All-Star Game. Trainor was there when Bobby Thomson hit the Shot Heard Round the World. He was there when Willie Mays made history with "The Catch." And that merely scratches the surface of what Trainor witnessed and experienced during his 25 years at Coogan's Bluff. He first joined the maintenance crew in 1932 as a sign painter, eventually rising to superintendent and overseeing all trade workers, from groundskeepers to electricians to plumbers. (Early in his career, Trainor's own father James also worked for National Exhibition Company—a.k.a. the NY Giants—and was charged with tending to the Polo Grounds umpire locker room.) When the Giants left for San Francisco in 1957, Jim Trainor stayed behind and later supervised the transition of the Polo Grounds into the temporary home for the New York Mets until Shea Stadium's completion. We're pleased to present the Trainor family's collection of Giants memorabilia, highlighted by a 1934 All-Star team-signed ball (w/Hubbell) and 1950s Willie Mays game-used bat, along with Giants programs, stubs, books and team-signed balls.

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