New York: D. Appleton, 1903.
Hardcover. First edition. A trifle rubbed at the extremities, still a fine, bright copy. The first baseball novel written by the prolific juvenile fiction author who created the "prep school" sports story sub-genre. At school, Weatherby is branded a coward but proves his mettle when he makes the baseball team, has a triumphant inning, and finally stops a runaway horse. Though written for young adults, many adult readers found Barbour's books better-written and more entertaining than accounts of actual ballgames of the day. The quality of American sportswriting was elevated as reporters tried to emulate his style. *McCue* pp.16-17.