From Mark Fidrych to Willie Stargell, 2013’s baseball books cover nearly every topic imaginable – and they are all fun to read! Here’s the conclusion to SCD’s annual Best of the Year list.
Among the best baseball books published this year were two on Ted Williams and one each on Ty Cobb, Hank Greenberg and the DiMaggios – superstars long before the advent of World War II. Check these out and two dozen more in this review.
Dick Perez, who continuously brings quality to sports paintings, discusses his start with Perez-Steele Galleries, producing the Diamond Kings cards and Ted Williams. And now you can own some of his original masterpieces, courtesy of Legendary Auctions.
A fixture in the game of baseball, Louisville Slugger continues to churn out the bats and entertain players and fans at its factory and museum. Take a virtual tour thanks to Ross Forman and learn about about some of the quirks of the place.
In bidding that will end Oct. 5, RMY Auctions is offering more than 1,100 lots of vintage photos of baseball Hall of Famers, athletes, celebrities and historic figures from an amazing find that has been locked away for years. Conlon photos, AP photos and more depict the likes of Ruth, Gehrig, Williams, Churchill and hundreds of others.
The signing habits of Mantle, Williams and DiMaggio on the show circuit and with memorabilia companies was all forgers needed to have a “story” as to why they would be in possession of hundreds of signed photos, for instance, of these superstar players – none of which were genuine.
James Fiorentino has accomplished more at age 34 than most artists fulfill in a lifetime, dazzling Hall of Famers along the way. Some of his “early” works were on display in the Baseball Hall of Fame before Fiorentino could even drive. In an exclusive interview, Fiorentino talks about his work and proudest moments.
The artwork of Andy Jurinko is well received and well documented. Now enjoy the baseball stars from 1946-1960 in the latest book on Jurinko’s work called ‘Golden Boys.’ Chris Jennison provides the historical text, making for a must-have for the baseball library.
Topps made big strides in design and exclusive player contracts in 1954, which added up to one of the most popular baseball card sets ever produced.
Originally cast as a one-sheet quartet of stars, Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Larry Doby and Willie Stargell will now get their own individual sheets beginning July 21.