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Perhaps the best publication for any baseball collector...



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September 26, 1867

THE BALL PLAYERS' CHRONICLE, New York, Sept. 26, 1867 

* Very rare baseball publication
* Henry Chadwick "Father of Baseball"


A very rare & desired title by any baseball collector as this was the first magazine in America devoted primarily to baseball.
Edited by the legendary Henry Chadwick, this paper lasted but 30 issues, from June 6 thru December 26, 1867 before changing its name to the 'American Chronicle' (which in turn lasted only 31 issues more).
Featured is an elaborate masthead picturing baseball, croquet, and cricket matches in progress. Near the back the Prospectus notes that the: "...Ball Players' Chronicle...will be devoted to the interests of our National game, and to the kindred sports of the field, such as Cricket, Croquet, etc...the publishers...feel assured that there is a very favorable opening for a paper devoted almost exclusively to our American Game of Ball..." with much more.
The entire front page is taken up with: "Base Ball - The Game In New York" "They 'Haymakers' In the Metropolis" "The Play the Union and Mutual Clubs" with more. Inside has: "The Didactics of Base Ball" and a wealth of reporting of baseball games, including box scores.
Complete in 12 pages, 11 by 15 inches, in nice condition. A bit of minor foxing to the front page. The subscriber's name is penciled at the top: L.L. Spaulding.
All issues of this seminal publication are very scarce.

Item from Catalog 318 (released for May, 2022)...

Category: Post-Civil War