Thursday, January 21, 2016

New old baseball guides

Major League Baseball Historian John Thorn shared today that Northern Illinois University has digitized more editions of Beadle's Dime Base-Ball Player. These are some very early base ball guides and rules books.

Beadle's Dime Base-Ball Player - 1862
Nickels and Dimes - Northern Illinois University

Watchdog reporter, data journalist, and SABR's Baseball Database Guru, Sean Lahman, has assembled a rather comprehensive list of baseball guides available on the internet. I've found a few more guides that Sean doesn't yet have listed. Rather than keep them to myself, I figured I'd share them. I'm using Sean's html format below. I'm assuming that he will fold these in with his list.

1860 – Beadle's Dime Base-Ball Player | View online (Source: Northern Illinois University)
1862 – Beadle's Dime Base-Ball Player | View online (Source: Northern Illinois University)
1865 – Beadle's Dime Base-Ball Player | View online (Source: Northern Illinois University)
1866 – Beadle's Dime Base-Ball Player | View online (Source: Northern Illinois University)
1867 – Beadle's Dime Base-Ball Player | View online (Source: Northern Illinois University)
1869 – Beadle's Dime Base-Ball Player | View online (Source: Northern Illinois University)
1870 – Beadle's Dime Base-Ball Player | View online (Source: Northern Illinois University)
1871 – Beadle's Dime Base-Ball Player | View online (Source: Northern Illinois University)
1872 – Beadle's Dime Base-Ball Player | View online (Source: Northern Illinois University)
1873 – Beadle's Dime Base-Ball Player | View online (Source: Northern Illinois University)
1874 – Beadle's Dime Base-Ball Player | View online (Source: Northern Illinois University)
1875 – Beadle's Dime Base-Ball Player | View online (Source: Northern Illinois University)
1876 – Beadle's Dime Base-Ball Player | View online (Source: Northern Illinois University)
1878 – Beadle's Dime Base-Ball Player | View online (Source: Northern Illinois University)
1879 – Beadle's Dime Base-Ball Player | View online (Source: Northern Illinois University)
1880 – Beadle's Dime Base-Ball Player | View online (Source: Northern Illinois University)
1881 – Beadle's Dime Base-Ball Player | View online (Source: Northern Illinois University)

1876 – Spalding Guide | View online (Source: Hathi Trust)
1878 – Spalding Guide | View online (Source: Hathi Trust)
1884 – Spalding Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1934 – Spalding Guide | View online (Source: Library of Congress)
1939 – Spalding Guide | View online (Source: Library of Congress)

1901 – Reach Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1903 – Reach Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1905 – Reach Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1913 – Reach Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1917 – Reach Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1919 – Reach Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)

1877-78, 1880-96, 1898-1910 - Constitution and playing rules of the National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs | View online (Source: University of Maryland)

1889 – Chadwick's How To Play Base Ball View online (Source: Hathi Trust)

1897 – Tuohey's History of the Boston Base Ball Club View online (Source: Hathi Trust)

1902 – Church's Base Ball Vol. 1 (1845-1871) View online (Source: Hathi Trust)

1914 – Richter's history and records of base ball : the American nation's chief sport | View online (Source: Internet Archive)

Actually, some of them are on his list, just not easily found. When the Internet Archive digitized these books, they probably took the info from the title page, but the bound volume might have multiple years. So the above Internet Archive links go directly to the start of the book, which might be in the middle of a bound volume.

Things to read on a snowy day.




Updated October 11, 2016

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