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Great article on early baseball equipment...

Item # 673809

December 19, 1857

PORTER'S SPIRIT OF THE TIMES, New York, Dec. 19, 1857  A famous sporting-themed periodical with a sporting-themed masthead as well.
One-third of page 4 has a terrific article on the equipment & uniforms of baseball, bits including: "...important items in the game are: Bases, Bats, and Balls. The bases should be made of the best canvas (heavy) as there will be much jumping on them with spiked shoes...straps should be securely fastened to the bags...The pitchers' point and home bases should be of iron in the form of a quoit...Some players...are inclined to think that the ball in present use is a trifle large...are limited to a bat of suitable size in diameter, no objection is made to the weight. New players prefer short ones...The uniform short most in use is of white flannel..." and so much more.
Then an article: "The Enterprise Dispute". Page 5 has some text on two games with the box scores, including: "Base-Ball at Sing Sing".
Sixteen pages, nice condition.

Item from Catalog 306 (released for May, 2021)...

Category: Pre-Civil War