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Title Spalding baseball collection, 1845-1913, bulk (1860-1900).


Description 22 linear feet (15 boxes, 18 v.).
Selected materials: 15 microfilm reels.
Five series: Baseball Club Records; Henry Chadwick Materials; A.G. Spalding Scrapbooks; Harry Wright Materials; Photographs.
Note Printed books and pamphlets kept in General Research Division, New York Public Library.
Most photographs located in Photography Collection, New York Public Library.
Restricted Access Restricted access; Manuscripts and Archives Division; Permit must be requested at the division indicated.
Access Microfilm must be used in lieu of originals when available.
Summary Collection contains scorebooks, correspondence, scrapbooks, diaries, account books, and photographs relating to baseball and other sports. Baseball club records include scorebooks, 1845-1870, for games played by early New York City and Cincinnati ball clubs; scrapbooks of correspondence, 1846-1876, and club books, 1854-1868, containing lists of members, minutes and records of the board of officers. Henry Chadwick materials consist of scorebooks, 1858-1907; scrapbooks, 1858-1908; and diaries, 1873-1907, kept by Chadwick, a sports writer and "Father of Baseball" who was instrumental in the development of modern playing rules and the system of scoring. A.G. Spalding scrapbooks, 1874-1911, contain clippings about baseball, his book, America's National Game, and his baseball world tour in 1888-1889. Harry Wright materials include correspondence, 1865-1894; notebooks and account books, 1860-1893; and scorebooks, 1883-1892. Wright was a baseball player and manager responsible for organizing the first professional baseball team. Collection also includes photographs of teams and individual players in the 1860s and 1870s.
Additional Formats Cincinnati Red Stockings scorebooks and A.G. Spalding scrapbooks available on microfilm; New York Public Library.
Chadwick scrapbooks available on microfilm; New York Public Library.
Chadwick diaries, 1873-1903, available on microfilm; New York Public Library.
Knickerbocker Baseball Club materials available on microfilm; New York Public Library.
Harry Wright correspondence, 1871-1885, available on microfilm; New York Public Library.
Harry Wright notebooks and account books, 1860-1871, available on microfilm; New York Public Library.
Biography Albert Goodwill Spalding (1850-1915) was a baseball player and manager who was instrumental in forming the National League. In 1876 he joined the Chicago team as pitcher and manager and served as team president from 1882 to 1891. He published a baseball guide and wrote a history of the game. He and his brother in 1876 founded the sporting goods firm that still bears his name.
Finding Aids Collection guide available in repository and on internet.
Subject Baseball -- History.
Baseball -- Management.
Baseball -- Records.
Baseball -- Rules.
Sports -- United States -- History.
Genre/Form Photographs.
Occupation Baseball players.
Added Author Chadwick, Henry, 1824-1908.
Spalding, A. G. (Albert Goodwill)
Wright, Harry, 1835-1895.
A.G. Spalding & Bros.
Atlantic Baseball Club.
Cincinnati Reds (Baseball team)
Knickerbocker Baseball Club.
LCCN ms 79001877
Call No. MssCol 2835
Research Call Number MssCol 2835