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  • THE MIGHTY JOHNS. by [Anthology, signed] Penzler, Otto, editor. (Gary Phillips and Brendan DuBois, signed; Dennis Lehane, Anne Perry, Peter Robinson, James Crumley and others, contributors.)
    [Anthology, signed] Penzler, Otto, editor. (Gary Phillips and Brendan DuBois, signed; Dennis Lehane, Anne Perry, Peter Robinson, James Crumley and others, contributors.)
    THE MIGHTY JOHNS.

    Edition: First printing.

    Beverly Hills, CA: New Millennium Press, (2002.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Title story by David Baldacci, an original football novella. Also included in this anthology are 13 football mysteries by Lawrence Bloch, Dennis Lehane, Brad Meltzer, Anne Perry, Brendan Dubois, James Crumley, Colin Harrison, Mike Lupica, Gary Phillips, Brad Meltzer, Carol O'Connell, John Wersterman and Peter Robinson. Larry King describes the title story as 'Baldacci's finest masterwork. This novella is a powerfully stunning continually surprising thrill show. I could not put it down.' SIGNED by THREE contributors: by editor Otto Penzler on the title page, Gary Phillips at his story "Hollywood Spring and Axle" and Brendan DuBois at his story "A Sunday in January" 316 pp. ISBN: 1-893224-562.

    Condition: Near fine in a near fine dustjacket. (stamp on front endpaper)

    Book ID: 60875
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  • THE MIGHTY JOHNS. by [Anthology, signed] Penzler, Otto, editor. (Gary Phillips and Brendan DuBois, signed; Dennis Lehane, Anne Perry, Peter Robinson, James Crumley and others, contributors.)
    [Anthology, signed] Penzler, Otto, editor. (Gary Phillips and Brendan DuBois, signed; Dennis Lehane, Anne Perry, Peter Robinson, James Crumley and others, contributors.)
    THE MIGHTY JOHNS.

    Edition: First printing.

    Beverly Hills, CA: New Millennium Press, (2002.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Title story by David Baldacci, an original football novella. Also included in this anthology are 13 football mysteries by Lawrence Bloch, Dennis Lehane, Brad Meltzer, Anne Perry, Brendan Dubois, James Crumley, Colin Harrison, Mike Lupica, Gary Phillips, Brad Meltzer, Carol O'Connell, John Wersterman and Peter Robinson. Larry King describes the title story as 'Baldacci's finest masterwork. This novella is a powerfully stunning continually surprising thrill show. I could not put it down.' SIGNED by THREE contributors: by editor Otto Penzler on the title page, Gary Phillips at his story "Hollywood Spring and Axle" and Brendan DuBois at his story "A Sunday in January" 316 pp. ISBN: 1-893224-562.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 56583
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  • THE MIGHTY JOHNS. by [Anthology, signed] Penzler, Otto, editor. (Gary Phillips, signed; Brendan DuBois, Dennis Lehane, Anne Perry, Peter Robinson, James Crumley and others, contributors.)
    [Anthology, signed] Penzler, Otto, editor. (Gary Phillips, signed; Brendan DuBois, Dennis Lehane, Anne Perry, Peter Robinson, James Crumley and others, contributors.)
    THE MIGHTY JOHNS.

    Edition: First printing.

    Beverly Hills, CA: New Millennium Press, (2002.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Title story by David Baldacci, an original football novella. Also included in this anthology are 13 football mysteries by Lawrence Bloch, Dennis Lehane, Brad Meltzer, Anne Perry, Brendan Dubois, James Crumley, Colin Harrison, Mike Lupica, Gary Phillips, Brad Meltzer, Carol O'Connell, John Wersterman and Peter Robinson. Larry King describes the title story as 'Baldacci's finest masterwork. This novella is a powerfully stunning continually surprising thrill show. I could not put it down.' SIGNED by Gary Phillips at his story "Hollywood Spring and Axle" 316 pp. ISBN: 1-893224-562.

    Condition: Near fine in a near fine dustjacket.

    Book ID: 63763
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  • SAY IT AIN'T SO, GORDON LITTLEFIELD. by Asinof, Eliot.
    Asinof, Eliot.
    SAY IT AIN'T SO, GORDON LITTLEFIELD.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Dutton, (1977.) dj. Hardcover first edition - An unusual caper novel - the impeccably bred Gordon Littlefield hatches a plot to "fix" the Super Bowl as revenge after a run-in with the owner of one of the teams. 215 pp. Dust jacket art by Mike Stromberg. ISBN: 0-525-196102.

    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket (very short closed tear to dj)

    Book ID: 44617
    Keywords: football, Sports, superbowl
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  • LOST CHAMPIONS: Four Men, Two Teams, and the Breaking of Pro Football's Color Line. by Atwood, Gretchen.
    Atwood, Gretchen.
    LOST CHAMPIONS: Four Men, Two Teams, and the Breaking of Pro Football's Color Line.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Bloomsbury, (2016) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A year before Jackie Robinson integrated major league baseball in 1947, four men broke pro football's color line - Kenny Washington and Woody Strode with the Los Angeles Rams and Bill Willis and Marion Motley with the Cleveland Browns. This book traces the history of the color line
    from the early 1930s--when NFL owners first instituted a ban on black players to the 1950 NFL Championship Game, which pitted the Rams and Browns against each other. SIGNED by the author on the title page. Photographs, notes, sources, index. 274 pp. ISBN: 978-1620406007.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 68668
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  • TOD HALE ON THE SCRUB. by Barbour, Ralph Henry.
    Barbour, Ralph Henry.
    TOD HALE ON THE SCRUB.

    Edition: Reprint.

    New York: Grosset & Dunlap, (c 1928). Hardcover first edition - The third book in the Tod Hale series,this one featuring football Illustrated by Leslie Crump (although one of the plates depicts boxing) 312 pp.

    Condition: Good overall in red boards, with black lettering (frontispiece missing, some wear to covers)

    Book ID: 66358
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  • BARCLAY BACK. by Barbour, Ralph Henry.
    Barbour, Ralph Henry.
    BARCLAY BACK.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: D. Appleton-Century, 1942. Hardcover first edition - A football story, illustrated with en-texte drawings by I.B. Hazleton. True first edition with a (1) on the final page. 255 pp.

    Condition: Very good in light green cloth with black lettering on the spine (tear to top edge of front endpaper, and some wear to the ends of the spine, but overall a tight and clean copy)

    Book ID: 66362
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  • LEFT HALF HARMON. by Barbour, Ralph Henry (1870-1944.)
    Barbour, Ralph Henry (1870-1944.)
    LEFT HALF HARMON.

    Edition: Reprint.

    New York: Grosset & Dunlap, (c 1921). Hardcover - A rather uncommon football novel for young adults. Illustrated with a glossy frontispiece and three inserted plates by Leslie Crump (all plates are present, but the pages on the list of illustrations are incorrect) 312 pp.

    Condition: Good overall in illustrated brown cloth.

    Book ID: 66399
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  • HOLD 'EM WYNDHAM! by Barbour, Ralph Henry (1870-1944.)
    Barbour, Ralph Henry (1870-1944.)
    HOLD 'EM WYNDHAM!

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1925. Hardcover first edition - A football story by this prolific author, primarily of boys' sport series. The third book in the Wyndham Series. Glossy frontispiece. The true first edition with the (1) on the bottom of the last page. 270 pp plus 4 pp of publisher's ads.

    Condition: Very good in red boards with black lettering on the front cover and the spine (fading to the red on the spine, but the lettering is unfaded) .

    Book ID: 79799
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  • THE CRIMSON SWEATER. by Barbour, Ralph Henry (1870-1944.)
    Barbour, Ralph Henry (1870-1944.)
    THE CRIMSON SWEATER.

    Edition: Early printing.

    New York: The Century Company, 1908 (c 1906). Hardcover - School sports (football and hockey) and adventure story for older boys. Illustrated by C. M.Relyea with a frontispiece and 27 inserted plates. 367 pp.

    Condition: Very good in illustrated tan cloth (prev owner's name)

    Book ID: 66486
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  • TEN SECONDS TO PLAY: Number 12 in the Chip Hilton Sports Series. by Bee, Clair
    Bee, Clair
    TEN SECONDS TO PLAY: Number 12 in the Chip Hilton Sports Series.

    Edition: Later printing.

    New York: Grosset & Dunlap, (c. 1955.) dj. Hardcover - A football story in this popular sports series. Frontispiece and en texte illustrations. Illustrated endpapers with bats, basketball baskets, etc, in diagonal rows. 213 pp. Lists to #19 in front of book and on back cover of dust jacket.

    Condition: Very good in rust tweed boards in a very good dust jacket (chip to upper edge of front cover, horizontal tear on spine)

    Book ID: 79459
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  • TRIPLE-THREAT TROUBLE: Chip Hilton Sports Series, Number 18. by Bee, Clair
    Bee, Clair
    TRIPLE-THREAT TROUBLE: Chip Hilton Sports Series, Number 18.

    Edition: Early printing.

    New York: Grosset & Dunlap, (c. 1960.) dj. Hardcover - Lists to 20 titles in front of book, 19 on back cover of dj. Illustrated with a frontispiece and internal drawings. Bound in rust-colored tweed boards, illustrated endpapers with bats, basketball baskets, etc, in diagonal rows. 182 pp.

    Condition: Very good in a good dust jacket (some tape remnants on dj, edgewear and wear to folds, but bright and attractive)

    Book ID: 79492
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  • A PASS AND A PRAYER: Chip Hilton Sports Series, Number 7. by Bee, Clair
    Bee, Clair
    A PASS AND A PRAYER: Chip Hilton Sports Series, Number 7.

    Edition: Later printing.

    New York: Grosset & Dunlap, (c. 1951.). Hardcover - A football story. Lists to 20 titles in front of the book and on back cover. Illustrated with a frontispiece and internal drawings. Illustrated endpapers with bats, basketball baskets, etc, in diagonal rows. 216 pp.

    Condition: Very good in matte (flat) illustrated boards with orange spine and back cover.

    Book ID: 79530
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  • A PASS AND A PRAYER: Chip Hilton Sports Series, Number 7. by Bee, Clair
    Bee, Clair
    A PASS AND A PRAYER: Chip Hilton Sports Series, Number 7.

    Edition: Early printing.

    New York: Grosset & Dunlap, (c. 1951.) dj. Hardcover - A football story. Lists to 16 titles in front of book. Illustrated with a frontispiece and internal drawings. Bound in rust-colored tweed boards, illustrated endpapers with bats, basketball baskets, etc, in diagonal rows. 216 pp.

    Condition: Good+ condition in a poor dust jacket (dj is in 3 pieces - front flap, front cover and most of spine, rear cover and flap - but it is mostly there, and it did protect the book - and it is now in a protective archival cover itself)

    Book ID: 74898
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  • FOURTH DOWN SHOWDOWN: A Chip Hilton Sports Story, #13. by Bee, Clair
    Bee, Clair
    FOURTH DOWN SHOWDOWN: A Chip Hilton Sports Story, #13.

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1956). Hardcover first edition - Frontispiece. Lists to self at front of book. 213 pp. Endpapers with multiple small drawings of sports equipment.

    Condition: Very good in rust tweed boards, no dj (corners slightly bumped)

    Book ID: 69709
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  • FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: A Town, a Team and a Dream. by Bissinger, H.G.
    Bissinger, H.G.
    FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: A Town, a Team and a Dream.

    Edition: First printing.

    Reading, MA & New York: Addison-Wesley, (1990.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Focusing on the town of Odessa, Texas - a town with an empty main street, closed up movie theatres and for-sale signs everywhere - and with a high school football stadium that seats 20,000 and is filled on Friday nights. This is an examination of the role of high school sports in America, but it is about more than just sports - it is about race, politics, economics, and education, and "about young lives whose course may be determined for good before they've really begun." Basis for both the very good film in 2004, directed by Peter Berg and starring Billy Bob Thornton and Derek Luke, and…

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    Reading, MA & New York: Addison-Wesley, (1990.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Focusing on the town of Odessa, Texas - a town with an empty main street, closed up movie theatres and for-sale signs everywhere - and with a high school football stadium that seats 20,000 and is filled on Friday nights. This is an examination of the role of high school sports in America, but it is about more than just sports - it is about race, politics, economics, and education, and "about young lives whose course may be determined for good before they've really begun." Basis for both the very good film in 2004, directed by Peter Berg and starring Billy Bob Thornton and Derek Luke, and the equally good televions series begun in 2006. You don't have to be a football fan to find this a moving and ultimately very sad book. 355 pp. ISBN: 0-201-196778.

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    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 45920
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  • THE BEST THERE EVER WAS. by Bradley, John Ed.
    Bradley, John Ed.
    THE BEST THERE EVER WAS.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, (1990) dj. Hardcover first edition - Louisiana born author's second novel - the story of an aging - and dying - football coach's struggle to survive. 336 pp. ISBN: 0-87113-1757.

    Condition: Near fine in a near fine dustjacket.

    Book ID: 65031
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  • TUPELO NIGHTS. by Bradley, John Ed.
    Bradley, John Ed.
    TUPELO NIGHTS.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, (1988) dj. Hardcover first edition - Louisiana born author's first novel - a small-town, coming-of-age story with some wicked and humorous twists. John Fowles called it "a vividly imagined and sad-voiced novel of the sour end of the American dream." SIGNED on the front endpaper. 239 pp. ISBN: 0-87113-1757.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.(appears unread but with a remainder line on bottom edge)

    Book ID: 64962
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  • TUPELO NIGHTS. by Bradley, John Ed.
    Bradley, John Ed.
    TUPELO NIGHTS.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, (1988) dj. Hardcover first edition - Louisiana born author's first novel - a small-town, coming-of-age story with some wicked and humorous twists. John Fowles called it "a vividly imagined and sad-voiced novel of the sour end of the American dream." 239 pp. ISBN: 0-87113-1757.

    Condition: Near fine in a near fine dustjacket (remainder line.)

    Book ID: 16862
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  • CHUCK BLUE OF STERLING. by Chadwick, George B.
    Chadwick, George B.
    CHUCK BLUE OF STERLING.

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: The Century Company, (1927) dj. Hardcover first edition - A story of college life and football, set at a thinly disguised Yale University. The only book published by Chadwick who was an All-American football player and coach at Yale. Illustrated with a glossy frontispiece and three glossy internal plates by C. M. Relyea. 285 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in a good example of the scarce dust jacket (a hint of a spine slant, some chipping to the top of the spine, not affecting the text, overall edgewear to the dj and wear along the folds)

    Book ID: 68102
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  • FRED FENTON IN THE LINE or The Football Boys of Riverport School, #2 in series. by Chapman, Allen (Stratemeyer Syndicate house name used by John William Duffield)
    Chapman, Allen (Stratemeyer Syndicate house name used by John William Duffield)
    FRED FENTON IN THE LINE or The Football Boys of Riverport School, #2 in series.

    Edition: Early printing.

    New York: Cupples & Leon Company, (1913). Hardcover - The second book in the Fred Fenton Athletic Series. Glossy frontispiece. 206 pp plus 8 pp. publisher's ads.

    Condition: Good only in illustrated tan boards (rubbing and wear to cloth, fraying to corners, some tidemarks in the margins of the pages).

    Book ID: 75152
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  • GARRY GRAYSON'S WINNING TOUCHDOWN or Putting Passmore Tech on the Map. #8 in series. by Dawson, Elmer.
    Dawson, Elmer.
    GARRY GRAYSON'S WINNING TOUCHDOWN or Putting Passmore Tech on the Map. #8 in series.

    Edition: Reprint.

    Racine, WI: Whitman Publishing Co., (c 1930) dj. Hardcover - The eighth book in this series described as 'good clean football at its best - and in addition rattling stories of mystery and schoolboy rivalries.' 216 pp plus 4 pp publisher's ads.

    Condition: Good overall in green boards in a fair dust jacket (usual toning the pages, dust jacket has several tears and chips, and is beginning to separate along the folds, but still bright and attractive in a new mylar cover which is holding it all together)

    Book ID: 78753
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  • GARRY GRAYSON'S HITTING THE LINE or Stanley Prep on a New Gridiron, #7 in series. by Dawson, Elmer.
    Dawson, Elmer.
    GARRY GRAYSON'S HITTING THE LINE or Stanley Prep on a New Gridiron, #7 in series.

    Edition: Early printing.

    New York: Grosset & Dunlap, (1929). Hardcover - Number 7 in the series: the last title listed on the front of the book - lists to #10 in this series in the ad at the end. Glossy frontispiece by Walter S. Rogers. A series described as 'good clean football at its best - and in addition rattling stories of mystery and schoolboy rivalries.' 214 pp plus 6 pp publisher's ads. Illustrated endpapers.

    Condition: Very good in orange cloth with brown lettering on spine and front cover, no dust jacket.

    Book ID: 76509
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  • GARRY GRAYSON'S WINNING KICK or Battling for Honor, #6 in series. by Dawson, Elmer.
    Dawson, Elmer.
    GARRY GRAYSON'S WINNING KICK or Battling for Honor, #6 in series.

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: Grosset & Dunlap, (1928) dj. Hardcover first edition - Number 6 in the series: the last title listed on the front of the book - lists to #5 in this series in the ad at the end. Glossy frontispiece by Walter S. Rogers. A series described as 'good clean football at its best - and in addition rattling stories of mystery and schoolboy rivalries.' 218 pp plus 2 pp publisher's ads.

    Condition: Very good in light green cloth with dark green lettering on spine, dark green outlined in black on front cover, no dust jacket.

    Book ID: 76380
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  • TOM HARMON AND THE GREAT GRIDIRON PLOT. by Dender, Jay.
    Dender, Jay.
    TOM HARMON AND THE GREAT GRIDIRON PLOT.

    Edition: First edition.

    Racine, WI: Whitman Publishing Co., (1946) dj. Hardcover first edition - Authorized edition. " "An original story featuring Tom Harmon, famous football star as the hero", illustrated by Henry E. Vallely. Heisman trophy winner Tom Harmon, when at the University of Michigan, had what was then the best scoring record in the Big Ten. He later went on to play for the Rams. 251 pp plus 2 pp publisher's ads. Illustrated endpapers.

    Condition: Good in a good dust jacket (rather severe toning to the pages, some creases and edgewear to the dj)

    Book ID: 67439
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  • THEY CALL ME DIRTY. by Dobler, Conrad and Vic Carucci.
    Dobler, Conrad and Vic Carucci.
    THEY CALL ME DIRTY.

    Edition: 3rd printing.

    New York: Putnam, (1988.) dj. SIGNED hardcover - An insider's view of the NFL by the offensive guard who had a reputation as one of the toughest and meanest players in the league. A presentation copy warmly INSCRIBED at some length on the front endpaper. 288 pp. ISBN: 0-399-133992.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (corners bumped, minor edgewear to dj, no tears.)

    Book ID: 55796
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  • BERT WILSON ON THE GRIDIRON. by Duffield, J. W. (John Williams Duffield, 1859-1946)
    Duffield, J. W. (John Williams Duffield, 1859-1946)
    BERT WILSON ON THE GRIDIRON.

    Edition: Reprint.

    New York (Racine, WI:_ George Sully ( actually Western Publishing Company, Inc.) , (1924). Hardcover - A boys series written under his own name by this prolific author best known for the numerous books he wrote under various house names for the Stratemayer Syndicate - including the Bomba series as Rockwood, the Ted Scott flying series as Dixon, and others as Victor Appleton, Allan Chapman and more. (his daughter, Elizabeth M. Duffield Ward, also wrote for the Stratemeyer syndicate including some of the Bobbsey Twins and Ruth Fielding books). Note this shows the original publisher - George Sully - on the the title page, but the copyright page shows Whitman. 220 pp.

    Condition: Very good in illustrated blue cloth (gift inscription dated Christmas 1925, some toning to the page)

    Book ID: 75382
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  • Emery, R.. G.
    T-QUARTERBACK.

    Edition: Reprint.

    New York: Grosset & Dunlap, (c 1949.). Hardcover - A title in the Famous Sports Stories series - a story of college football written for older children. 201pp.

    Condition: Ex-school library with a few stamps, but overall good condition - tight and clean in a blue tweed cloth covers, lacking the dj.

    Book ID: 31624
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  • THE GOLDEN PEOPLE. by Gallico, Paul
    Gallico, Paul
    THE GOLDEN PEOPLE.

    Edition: First printing.

    Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1965. dj. Hardcover first edition - Informal profiles by this former sportswriter of some of the stars of the "Golden Decade" of the 1920s - in boxing, tennis, baseball, football, golf - including Bobby Jones, Babe Ruth, Gertrude Ederle, Gene Tunney, Helen Wills, Ty Cobb, Jack Dempsey, Knute Rockne and many more. Illustrated with many photographs. 315 pp.

    Condition: Very near fine in a very good dustjacket (some short closed edge tears to dj) .

    Book ID: 79229
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  • BRUCE BENEDICT, HALFBACK by Gault, William Campbell.
    Gault, William Campbell.
    BRUCE BENEDICT, HALFBACK

    Edition: 2nd printing.

    New York: Dutton, 1958. Hardcover - Despite being more interested in chess and academics, a young man takes up football on the advice of his stepfather, a former pro player, and is attending college on a football scholarship, but money is also offered under the table.

    Condition: Ex-library, in sturdy library binding, no dj.

    Book ID: 75700
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