Chicago: Era Publishing Co., 1900. Cloth over board. [SPORTS] [AUTOBIOGRAPHY]. 8vo; 339 + , [i], ii-viii + pp advertisements for Chicago area businesses; pictorial green cloth over board, vignette of a ball player and bat with mitt on front, lettered spine; brown flowered endpapers; ownership address sticker to half-title; portrait frontispiece of the author plus 27 b&w glazed plates; scuff to board edges, light shelf-wear, abrasion to ffep with loss of ep pattern & small closed tear to edge; very good plus. Very good +. Item #1439
Adrian Constantine Anson (1852-1922) was an early superstar major league baseball player, beginning his career in May 1872 with the Rockford Forest Citys [Illinois] and ending in October 1897 with the Chicago Colts. The Chicago Colts were a founding member of the National League and became the Chicago Cubs in 1903. Though a baseball phenom, Anson was also a known racist and one of the players forcing racial segregation of the game.
Black and white photographic illustrations of A.C. Anson’s Billiard Room and Bowling Alleys founded in his retirement, and many portraits of the teams and their international travels. The text is followed by an Appendix of “Some Newspaper Comments” and interesting advertisements from Chicago merchants including major and local railroad routes, mineral water, the Keeley Brewing Company, banks, etc.
A treasure for the die-hard Chicago Cubs baseball fan and those interested in the history of the National League.