Billy Evans was born in 1884 and passed away in 1956. He was the third umpire to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1973. He umpired from 1906-27 during most of the Deadball Era in the American League.
He also wrote a national syndicated sports column "Billy Evans Says", as the sports editor of the Newspaper Enterprise Association. At 22, he became the youngest umpire in major league history, and later became the youngest to officiate in the World Series, at age 25. His 3,319 career games ranked 5th in major league history. His 1,757 games as a home plate umpire ranked 3rd in American League history, and remain the 8th most by a major league umpire. He wrote the book offered here, "Umpiring from the Inside" in 1947.
It is signed by him as well. The book is not in the best shape, but I've shown many photo to study its condition.
It was obviously given to someone who was going to write some sort of article about him. And unfortunately, someone clipped an old newspaper mention across from his signature, and it's turned yellow now, over the signature. But the signature still looks okay. Someone had left a couple of small keys inside the book, which has created the opening you see at the top, when the book is closed. Perhaps with some weight on top of it, the opening will close over time.There are a few random markings on some of the pages. I believe the book was referenced to write an article on Mr. The book is quite rare and fascinating if you're a baseball fan. Dustjacket is a bit torn/ragged and has a few pieces missing. The item "1947 Billy Evans Signed Book Umpiring From the Inside Hall of Fame Inductee" is in sale since Wednesday, July 29, 2020. This item is in the category "Sports Mem, Cards & Fan Shop\Autographs-Original\Baseball-MLB\Other Autographed MLB Items". The seller is "limerance" and is located in Santa Monica, California. This item can be shipped to United States.