Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Vintage Thursday Thingie: Baseball Book

This wonderful vintage biography of the great baseball player Lou Gehrig is from 1942, a year after his death from ALS-still commonly called Lou Gehrig Disease.It has a wonderful photo of Lou Gehrig and a forward by Bill Dickey, catcher, Yankee teammate and good friend.
Did you notice the caption on the photo? "Larruping Lou-the Iron Man". I grew up in a house that was a Yankee house...with lots of stories of my Dad going to games and seeing the Iron Man, The Yankee Clipper (Joe DiMaggio) and of course, the Sultan of Swat (Babe Ruth)! I always loved the colorful nicknames!

At the back of the book are stat tables-after all this is a baseball book. Here are the 2 full pages of the American League Home Run Leaders from 1901 to 1941. Now Babe Ruth sort of took control of this statistic from 1918 until 1931 when he shared it with Lou Gehrig. Gehrig was also the Homer leader in 1934 and 1936.

Sadly the old Yankee Stadium that rang with the bat and saw the wonderful skills and heartfelt fans farewell to Lou Gehrig is gone. This year there is a new stadium...but it is in the Bronx so the Bronx Bombers nickname for the Yanks still stands.

Just so you really understand what a Yankee family I grew up in-this book was not my father's. It was my uncle's. He died in the Pacific in WWII and my mother always kept the book for a future grandson. In 1995, she gave it to DS the elder ( a huge baseball fan).

I have a confession to make: today I am not a Yankees fan...I say "Go Phillies!"

Join in the fun, visit Coloradolady and see what other vintage treasures are being shared this week.

27 comments:

~~Carol~~ said...

What a wonderful book for a baseball fan to have! A real piece of history. I must admit that I am not a baseball fan, but I did watch alot of it the year that the White Sox won the World Series, and I realized that I know hardly anything about the sport! It always seemed like such an easy sport, but there are many nuances that I knew nothing about!
Happy VTT!
Carol

Ann said...

Wow...published a year after his death, probably worth a pretty penny.
I'm not a Yankee's fan either but still enjoy reading about the great ball players, whatever team they played on.
Thanks for sharing~
Ann
@
The Tattered Tassel

Victoria said...

Oh wow, what an amazing book that is! My husband would love that.

LV said...

Mercy, you have a real treasure with that book. Very good feature for VTT.

Postcardy said...

I liked reading biographies and collecting baseball cards when I was in grade school. I must have read something about him back then.

Coloradolady said...

Great book, my father in law is a baseball nut, so this will really be of interest. Have a great VTT!

Deborah said...

Lovely little treasure. I love old books and one like that is pretty special even for someone who is not a baseball fan like me.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What a wonderful keepsake.

Jocelyn
http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

Shirley said...

Nice collectors book for a baseball fan.

CC said...

Ohhh, what a wonderful treasure. I'm happy it's safely in the hands of someone that loves it.. Happy VTT..

Maureen said...

How cool! Doesn't matter if you're a Yankee, fan or otherwise. Lou Gehrig's story is so sad.


This I say while sitting squarely in....Red Sox nation!

farmlady said...

This book was made into a movie. Paul Gallico was a prolific writer and many of his stories were adapted for movies.
He wrote The Silent Meow. about cats. It's wonderful.
What a cool book. So glad your Mom saved it.

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

What a great book! My dad was a high school baseball coach for 35 years so I know and love baseball. Great picture and how sweet it was saved for so long.

Charlotte said...

Great book. My grandson is plais first year of Little League and loving it. Happy VTT!

Charlotte said...

P.S. Thanks for the link to Needlework News and Pip Stitch in your previous post.

Keetha Denise Broyles said...

I saw a movie based on that book - - - I believe Gary Cooper played the lead.

Sherrie said...

In our family it was the Red Sox. I am still a big fan and really love it when they play the Yankees. I have my dad's old baseball glove, it is all about the memories it evokes. Thanks for sharing.

AshTreeCottage said...

That is a wonderful book for VTT! Such a treasure! I'm not a Yankee fan either, I am a devoted fan of the Chicago Cubs. I love baseball, always have.

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

Ann said...

Fantastic book to own. Love all the family history that it is tied too it. Happy VTT

Sandi (Meme) said...

Great post, on something near and dear to a lot of hearts. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment on my Vintage Icebox. I'd love to have you visit again.

Dragonfly Treasure said...

What a cool piece of history you have there. Very interesting
*hugs*deb

sweet european dreams said...

great book! My favorites are old magazines - I love the ads! Hope you had a great VTT & thanks for stopping by my page! -diane

Sally Annie Magundy said...

Hi Miri!
Thank you so much for visiting my blog and your sweet comments on my VTT post!
I love this post, really tugged at my heart - I could feel the fond memories. And, larruping! Never hear of larruping before! So cute.
Happy Friday!

Tallulah's Antique Closet said...

Thank You Miri for your visit today. Have a nnice weekend...Julian

Stacey said...

What a fun book! And a wonderful way to remember a family past time...

Marina said...

A treasure for baseball fans!!!
great keepsake!

Micki said...

I loved Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth..that is indeed a treasure!
Micki