Spalding Base Ball Guides, 1889-1939

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From American Memory

Baseball Cards, 1887- 1914 presents a Library of Congress treasure: 2,100 early baseball cards dating from 1887 to 1914. The cards show such legendary figures and history as Ty Cobb stealing third base for Detroit, Tris Speaker batting for Boston, and pitcher Cy Young posing formally in his Cleveland uniform. Other notable players include Connie Mack, Walter Johnson, King Kelly, and Christy Mathewson.

By Popular Demand: Jackie Robinson and Other Baseball Highlights, 1860s-1960s. When Jackie Robinson took the field as a Brooklyn Dodger in 1947, he became the first African American to play major-league baseball in the twentieth century. Materials that tell his story, and the history of baseball in general, are located throughout the Library of Congress; this collection brings many of them together online.

Photographs from the Chicago Daily News This collection comprises more than 55,000 images of urban life captured on glass-plate negatives between 1902 and 1933 by photographers employed by the Chicago Daily News, then one of Chicago's leading newspapers. The images include politicians, actors, and other prominent people who stopped in Chicago during their travels and individual athletes and sports teams who came to Chicago.


Related External Web Sites

Major League Baseball's (external link) official site includes a history of the game, tributes, milestones, and a section on the Negro Leagues.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame (external link) Web site includes historical profiles of all the members of the Hall of Fame, many of whom are represented in this collection. Also provided is information about the Hall of Fame's research library; exhibits, both online and on-site; and general information about the Hall of Fame itself.

The Society for American Baseball Research (external link) (SABR) mission is to foster the study of baseball, its history, its present, and its future. The site offers information of interest to all who want to research baseball, including listings of local chapters and information about new research.

The Sports Research Collection (external link), at the University Libraries of Notre Dame, lists the significant baseball-related holdings available to baseball researchers in the University's library system.