1911 BASEBALL HISTORY BOOK By ALBERT SPALDING 1stEd

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  • Sold Date: Apr 05,2010
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Rare and important 1911 Baseball History volume titled “ America's National Game. Historic Facts Concerning the Beginning Evolution, Development and Popularity of Base Ball. With Personal Reminiscences of Its Vicissitudes, Its Victories and Votaries”. By A. G. Spalding. New York, 1911 by the American Sports Publishing Company. 1st Edition. This historic Baseball volume measures approx. 5 ½” x 8” and contains 542 pages including 113 rare and wonderful full page photos, including a 3-panel foldout of the Knickerbockers, 1858; two 4-panel foldouts of stadiums (Polo Grounds NY and Forbes Field Pittsburgh) and a four panel fold out of "Old Time" players at an 1908 reunion.

This landmark Volume is considered by many to be the most important work dealing with the early history and 19th century growth of our National Pastime. Albert G. Spalding himself was a figure of huge importance in the development of baseball. He was the first professional pitcher to win over 200 games, leading Boston to their four National Association titles, then moved to Chicago w he eventually owned the White Stockings. With $800 of borrowed money, Spalding founded the great sporting goods company that still bears his name. As one of early baseball's major business figures he was involved in many of the important decisions that shaped the game as we know it today.

This important and rare Volume is bound in its’ original, blue cloth with gold gilt decoration on the front board featuring an illustration of Uncle Sam holding a baseball bat. The binding is tight and intact and while the front and rear covers are clean with only light edge wear, the spine is very faded and worn at the ends. The interior pages are generally in excellent condition - tight, very clean and complete. All photo plates and fold outs are present and in excellent condition except for some partial separation at the folds of two of the folding plates. Simply one of the most important, early 20th century Baseball history volumes and a “must have” for the serious collector or student of the game!!!

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