Champaign, IL: Sports Publishing Inc., 1998. First Edition. Hardcover. Quarto size, 560 pp., signed by Bill Walsh. Fine / Near Fine. Item #19112401
William Ernest "Bill" Walsh (1931-2007) was the legendary head coach of both the San Francisco 49ers and the Stanford Cardinals. With the 49ers, Bill Walsh put together the amazing record of 102-63-1, winning ten of his fourteen postseason games along with six division titles and three Super Bowls. How did he do it? In this book Bill Walsh provides a look at his philosophy of coaching - and winning. He was able to turn the 49ers from a team "in utter disarray to an organization renowned for its professionalism and tradition of excellence". Whether interested from a sports perspective, a business perspective, or a fan perspective, this book offers a "game plan for success and a guide for studying the game" (n.b., quotes from dust jacket flap).
___DESCRIPTION: Black cloth boards patterned to appear as leather, gilt lettering on the spine, cream endpapers, signed by Bill Walsh on the front free endpaper, scattered throughout the book are charts and graphs, with an eight-page section in the middle of comprised of 20 black-and-white photographs including one with Joe Montana; quarto size (10.25" by 7 1/8"), pagination: [i-ii] iii-x, [1-3] 4-550. Pictorial dust jacket design by Michelle R. Dressen, with original $29.95 price which was covered by a gold sticker from the bookshop "Maxwell's Bookmark - Since 1939", summary of the book on the front flap, Walsh and author bios on the back flap, reviewer quotes on the back panel.
___CONDITION: The book is in fine condition, with clean binding, perfectly straight corners with no rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, and entirely free of prior owner markings. The unclipped dust jacket is near fine, the colors are bright and the spine is not sunned; there is a very faint crease on the rear flap and a bare minimum of edgewear (light creases, no tears), else fine.
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