St. Louis, MO: National Game Publishing Co. 1910. First edition. Hardcover. 410pp. Octavo [23.5 cm] Original maroon cloth with gilt-stamped baseball diamond and title to the front board. Title gilt stamped on backstrip. Fair. Light rubbing to extremities, more so at corners. A few subtle spots and moisture stains to boards. The text block has almost completely come away from the covers. The fore edges of the pages at the beginning of the text are slightly moisture stained. Item #13778
Index and list of illustrations at the rear. Contains player biographies and statistics before 1910. An early and important history of baseball. Author Alfred H. Spink states in his dedication of the book: "I want this book to live forever, so that the names of those who helped to build up and make baseball the greatest of outdoor sports may never be forgotten." Spink's contribution to baseball is huge, not only did he write this volume (one of the first histories of baseball), but he also founded 'The Sporting News'. This volume also contains biographies of minor league players of the day.