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September 06, 1856

PORTER'S SPIRIT OF THE TIMES, New York, Sept. 6, 1856  This was one of America's first sporting-focused periodicals. Page 13 has a terrific & quite early article headed: "Base Ball" which begins: "This noble American game, which all of the seductions of the scientific game of Cricket have not been able to undermine, is growing more & more in favor every day...". The article emphasizes the interesting of ladies in baseball, noting at one point: "...and we have a shrewd opinion that more than one of them attends the ground with the view of sharply measuring among the players the qualities of what might make a serviceable future husband..." (see).
The ftpg. features a print of William T. Porter, editor of this newspaper, with a biography as well. Included also is a full page color print of "Flor Temple" the racehorse, with an article as well.
Sixteen pages, nice condition. 

Category: Pre-Civil War