1905 Philadelphia Athletics American League Champs Yearbook

The 1905 Philadelphia Athletics yearbook, formally entitled The Athletics, Sketches By Charles Dryden, American League Champions, 1905, is one of the earliest of all team yearbooks. Its 46 pages feature a biography and full-page portrait artwork of each A's player, including Connie Mack, Eddie Plank, Rube Waddell, Chief Bender, etc. Very few issued yearbooks predate the 1940s.

Chief Bender, Eddie Plank and Rube Waddell are just a couple of the future Baseball Hall of Famers who would help Connie Mack take this team to the 3rd World Series in MLB History!

The few that were issued were special one-time publications, as opposed to the annual team yearbooks of the modern era. This yearbook was issued by a newspaper called The North American to honor the Athletics and to raise money for the players. The back cover reads "This souvenir is presented to the Athletics by the North American, the entire proceeds from its sale to be divided among the players." Charles Dryden was the chief sportswriter for the paper. 6 x 9 inches.

The yearbook covers display light wear and incredible shape for a publication that is over 100 years old. The pages are generally clean and bright. In Excellent condition overall. Tight binding, no writing, no missing pages. This is the finest example of this great rarity we have ever seen! When they do come to market, they are usually in poor condition.

Item: 12711

Price: $1,250.00
1905 Philadelphia Athletics American League Champs Yearbook