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... read more
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.