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Jackpot! Spalding guides put online!

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  • Jackpot! Spalding guides put online!

    Not sure if anyone has seen this yet as I think it was just recently added by the LOC.....but this is a GOLDMINE fella's.

    About 20 of Spalding's Base Ball Guides from 1889 to 1939 have been scanned and put online in high resolution.

    Spalding Base Ball Guides, 1889-1939 comprises a historic selection of Spalding’s Official Base Ball Guide and the Official Indoor Base Ball Guide. The collection reproduces 35 of the guides, which were published by the Spalding Athletic Company in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Spalding’s Official Base Ball Guide was perhaps the premier publication of its day for the game of baseball. It featured editorials from baseball writers on the state of the game, statistics, photographs, and analysis of the previous season for all the Major League teams and for many of the so-called minor leagues across the nation. The 15 Spalding’s Official Base Ball Guides included in this online collection were published between 1889 and 1939. The Official Indoor Baseball Guide concerns a game unfamiliar to most contemporary baseball fans because its demise occurred almost beyond living memory. These guides, too, offer rules and “how-to’s” of the game, information on the game’s founding fathers, photographic illustrations of teams and players from across the land, and game statistics. The 20 Official Indoor Base Ball Guides included in this collection were published between 1903 and 1926.

    They have complete team photo sets of each team for that particular year. Some examples from the Detroit Tigers section from the 1910 one:

    Each collection also has photo sets of most college teams back then!

    I could spend all day on there if I didn't actually have to do...."real world" thing. :-(

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