Slick : My Life In And Around Baseball

Ny Yankee Signed

Year 1987
Edition FIRST
Printing FIRST
Pages 256
Binding Hardcover
Condition Fine
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William Morrow, 1987. FIRST EDITION, first printing. Excellent condition (perhaps read once) original half blue-gray cloth, original dust jacket not price clipped. First edition of Ford's "richly spiced" autobiography, beautifully hand signed and inscribed in person “To Steve, All the best, Whitey Ford” on red front endpage. One of the game's great left-handers, Hall-of-Famer Whitey Ford describes the practice throwing mudballs and other illegal pitching effects—that he himself "would never consider using," of course, even when he didn't have his best stuff. Near mint condition, original dust jacket not price clipped in excellent condition. 16 pages of black & white photos. "Whitey was a streetwise kid from Astoria, " recalls Mickey Mantle. "We were young and determined; had the feeling that nothing could stop us. We were going to be the best damned ballplayers in the world. " And they came pretty close. Whitey himself was the premier pitcher through the peak years of the Yankee Dynasty. He worked through eighteen seasons, boasting a career winning percentage of. 690, played in eleven World Series, and earned a place in the Ha ll of Fame in 1974. But the awesome stats hardly tell the whole story. Whitey and Billy Martin joined the Yankees in 1950; Mickey Mantle followed a year later. The three of them knew how to have fun during their playing years, and they are still friends to this day. Whitey Ford is one of the best-liked Yankee players from the fifties and sixties. He is a funny man who loves to tell stories, and he's saved his best for this book: stories about the wins (and the losses), about the wild times at Toots Shor's, about big pitches against Willie Mays in the All Star game, winter ball in Mazatlan and basketball barnstorming in Binghamton. At last Whitey tells all about mudballs and other illegal pitching effects that he "would never consider using , " even when he didn't have his best stuff. Slick is a sure-fire winner, a wry and affectionate memoir of the golden age of Yankee baseball, richly spiced with anecdotes about such Yankee legends as Mantle, Berra, Maris, Martin, DiMaggio, Richardson, Skowron, Howard, Rizutto, and many more from New York and around the league. Spectacular gift or addition to any baseball fan collection, or rare book collector as this publication had very small press run and very few were hand signed in person. 256 pages.