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Very early baseball...
Item # 623144
December 12, 1857
PORTER'S SPIRIT OF THE TIMES, New York, Dec. 12, 1857
* Very early pre Civil War baseball
As noted in the masthead: "A Chronicle of the Turf, Field Sports, Literature and the Stage", this is a volume 1 issue of a very early sporting publication. Near the back is a report headed: "Base Ball". This is quite an early report for baseball, as any baseball reports before the Civil War are very uncommon. Additionally, the accompanying subheads read: "The Base-ball Controversy", "Oriental Base-ball Club", "Grounds", and much more.
Many other sporting reports including boxing ("Fistiana"), Equestrianism, cricket, chess, & horse racing.
Sixteen pages, an ornate sports-themed masthead can also be found on the front page, some light damp staining & foxing, generally good.
Category: Pre-Civil War