Smithsonian Baseball: Inside the World's Finest Private Collections

Smithsonian Baseball: Inside the World's Finest Private Collections

by Stephen Wong
     
 

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Among the national treasures you'll find:

  • The only known photographic image of baseball's first organized team, the New York Knickerbockers, circa 1846.
  • Original copy of the first written rules of modern baseball.
  • One of the earliest known color advertising posters promoting the very first set of baseball cards, released in 1887.

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Among the national treasures you'll find:

  • The only known photographic image of baseball's first organized team, the New York Knickerbockers, circa 1846.
  • Original copy of the first written rules of modern baseball.
  • One of the earliest known color advertising posters promoting the very first set of baseball cards, released in 1887.
  • Scorecard from the inaugural World Series in 1903.
  • Shoeless Joe Jackson's rookie-era game-used bat.
  • Game-worn jerseys of Ty Cobb, Dizzy Dean, Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, Lefty Grove, Willie Mays, Jackie Robinson, Babe Ruth, and Ted Williams.

Editorial Reviews

Booklist Starred Review
“A godsend for baseball geeks everywhere.”
Sports Illustrated
“...a magnificent album of baseball mementos—by turns, beautiful, peculiar and hilarious.”
Starred Review - Booklist
"A godsend for baseball geeks everywhere."
For millions of American, baseball possesses a mythic power. Of course, few of us can achieve our dreams of being the next Derek Jeter or Hank Aaron, so we console ourselves by doing the next-best thing: collecting baseball memorabilia. Smithsonian Baseball feeds such fantasies by showcasing 21 of the best private collections of artifacts linked to our National Pastime. Even veteran collectors will be astonished by the quality and diversity of these treasure hoards. In addition to chapters on historic bats, uniforms, autographs, and cards, Smithsonian Baseball contains sections on pin-back baseball buttons, World Series programs, ballpark relics, and much more.
Library Journal
This compendium contains 350 color photographs of rarely seen materials held in significant private baseball collections in the United States. In each of the 21 chapters, author and collector Wong visits one collection (including, ultimately, his own), explaining its genesis and the development of its holdings. Like those featured at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, the collections contain artifacts, uniforms and gloves, archival materials, and photographs and are built around a variety of diverse collecting themes encompassing baseball board games and toys, baseball equipment, signs and posters, baseball cards, materials relating to a particular team, vintage photography, World Series scorecards and programs, and ballpark relics and folkart, as well as home-run balls belted by record-setting sluggers. Additionally, several chapters include "Collecting" subsections, giving tips on the hobby from developing your own collecting theme to evaluating authenticity and knowing where to do your treasure hunting. While several images in the book document important familiar moments in baseball history, many of the items shown have not been shared with the general public for decades or even longer. Cumulatively, the book delivers a visual history of baseball in this country. Recommended for general libraries.-Robert C. Cottrell, California State Univ., Chico Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061121210
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/27/2007
Pages:
296
Sales rank:
1,372,026
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.50(h) x 0.90(d)

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Meet the Author

Stephen Wong, a lifelong collector of rare and historically significant artifacts, spent two and a half years researching his top-selling adult book smithsonian baseball: Inside the World's Finest Private Collections. Wong has advised a number of the world's top collectors and is currently lending his expertise to an upcoming exhibition at the Chicago Historical Society celebrating the glory days of Chicago Cubs and White Sox baseball in the early twentieth century. He is also an advisory director for the Museum of the City of New York's summer 2007 exhibit "The Glory Days: New York Baseball, 1947-1957" and an honorary committee member for the city of Pittsfield and the Berkshire Museum's "1791—Art of the Game—Pittsfield," a two-year celebration of Pittsfield's unique place in baseball history. A graduate of Stanford Law School, Wong is currently an executive director at Goldman Sachs. He was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and now lives in Hong Kong.

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