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Rare 1914 St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Browns Dual Yearbook

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We seldom come across such a fascinatingly academic artifact of baseballdom. This high-brow stadium souvenir must have been written by a scholarly wordsmith, for it begins with these words: "Several aeons before there were any goats on Mt. Olympus the germ of baseball seems to have been sown. History and even mythology furnishes food for statisticians who might point out the growth of baseball from the time the gods frolicked upon their stately perches down to the time of Cobb and Mathewson. However, this volume is not intended to be a weighty tome, nor is it going back to mythology. It is merely to serve as an introduction to the loyal fans of the 1914 Cardinals and Browns."


The yearbook goes on to showcase poems, songs, photos, illustrations, cartoons and bios covering every aspect of the St. Louis franchises, including features on Branch Rickey and Miller Huggins, plus articles like "The Woman Fan" and "Twelve Hours With a Busy Ball Scribe," as well as illustrated tributes to Bobby Wallace and rival Ty Cobb. A hint to the creative team behind the 8x10 publication comes at the back with sketches of the "Base-Ballogists of the St. Louis Daily Press," among them one Eddie Eks who is described as "Cartoonist Globe Democrat and compiler of this volume for [team owners] Messrs Hedges and Britton." GD/VG condition with generally clean interior pages after some right-edge wear on the front cover and first 10 pages. It is noteworthy to mention that another copy sold at auction in 2019 for $1,200. A simply delightful piece of Deadball-era ephemera!

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