Rules of the Game
Chadwick's Base Ball
London: George Routledge, 1874
Rare Book & Special Collection
The growth of baseball in the years following the Civil War was
given added impetus by the rise of cheap, mass-produced books.
Publishers helped standardize the rules and regulations of the
sport by issuing playing guides and yearbooks that traveled from
the large cities to the smallest hamlets. British-born Henry Chadwick,
whose manuals enjoyed great popularity, even made an unsuccessful
attempt to spread baseball to Europe.