First edition of The Norton Book of Sports, inscribed by George Plimpton to Lyndon Johnson Special Assistant Jack Valenti. Octavo, 489pp. Beige cloth, title over green print on spine. Stated first edition on copyright page with full number line. In publishers dust jacket, retail price on front flap, near fine with light wear along top edge at spine. Inscribed by author and journalist George Plimpton to Jack Valenti. Inscription reads: “For Jack, A great spokesman, writer and father! best always, George Plimpton.”
Comments: Jack Valenti was a Special Advisor to President Lyndon Johnson from 1964-1966. His wife, Mary Margaret Valenti, was a personal secretary of Senator Johnson from 1956-1962. Jack Valenti was in Dallas in November, 1963 and can be seen in the famous photograph of President Johnson being sworn in aboard Air Force One, next to Mrs. Johnson. Jack Valenti would go on to become the President of the Motion Picture Association of America.