About this Collection
This collection provides full-text digitized access to early baseball publications from the vast collections of the Library of Congress. The publications include a large selection of annual baseball guides, including numerous volumes of Spalding’s Official Base Ball Guide. Also included are rule books, record books, scorekeeping guides, books on how to hit and play different positions, and more. Additional baseball materials available at the Library, as well as links to baseball-related digitized publications offered by other institutions, can be found through the research guide Baseball Resources at the Library of Congress.
The Library of Congress houses the world's largest baseball collection, documenting the history of our National Pastime and providing a unique look at the game of baseball in America since the late 1700s.