This bibliography lists basic reference books for baseball history as well as titles that complement the special presentations Baseball, the Color Line, and Jackie Robinson, 1860s-1960s and Early Baseball Pictures, 1860s-1920s. The Library of Congress houses more than 3,000 books related to the subject of baseball. Collection materials include histories, biographies, rule books, instructional manuals, and novels. The Library of Congress call number and an International Standard Book Number (ISBN) are provided to help you locate these titles. Some of the titles listed in this bibliography are out of print. Visit your local library to find out more about these and other baseball books.
Each of the following three single-volume encyclopedias provides a statistical history of baseball and includes a year-by-year summation of each baseball season, championship playoffs, World Series, career statistics for major league players, and historical essays. Readers may prefer the arrangement of one over the other.
The following two multi-volume encyclopedias include general entries on baseball history as well as biographies of prominent players.
Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Baseball
Jackie Robinson, Branch Rickey, and Their Legacy
By searching the Prints and Photographs Division online catalog for "baseball," more images can be located. However, only some pictures have been cataloged online. Many other images are available through the specialized finding aids or indexes for individual collections.
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The Panoramic Photograph Collection contains four thousand images featuring American cityscapes, landscapes, and group portraits. Coverage includes: agricultural life; beauty contests; disasters; engineering work such as bridges, canals and dams; fairs and expositions; military and naval activities, especially during World War I; the oil industry; schools and college campuses, sports, and transportation.
Baseball cards, 1887-1914
This collection presents a Library of Congress treasure -- 2,100 early baseball cards dating from 1887 to 1914. The cards show such legendary figures as Ty Cobb stealing third base for Detroit, Tris Speaker batting for Boston, and pitcher Cy Young posing formally in his Cleveland uniform. Other notable players include Connie Mack, Walter Johnson, King Kelly, and Christy Mathewson.
Spalding Base Ball Guides, 1889-1939
Spalding Base Ball Guides, 1889-1939 comprises a historic selection of Spalding’s Official Base Ball Guide and the Official Indoor Base Ball Guide. The collection reproduces 35 of the guides, which were published by the Spalding Athletic Company in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Spalding’s Official Base Ball Guide was perhaps the premier publication of its day for the game of baseball. It featured editorials from baseball writers on the state of the game, statistics, photographs, and analysis of the previous season for all the Major League teams and for many of the so-called minor leagues across the nation. The 15 Spalding’s Official Base Ball Guides included in this online collection were published between 1889 and 1939. The Official Indoor Baseball Guide concerns a game unfamiliar to most contemporary baseball fans because its demise occurred almost beyond living memory. These guides, too, offer rules and "how-to’s” of the game, information on the game’s founding fathers, photographic illustrations of teams and players from across the land, and game statistics. The 20 Official Indoor Base Ball Guides included in this collection were published between 1903 and 1926.
To find more images and stories about the great American pastime, search on "baseball" across the American Memory collections.
On the World Wide Web Beyond the Library of Congress
The selected sites listed below offer a variety of perspectives on Jackie Robinson. The sites were chosen for their educational content, broad accessibility, and long-term sustainability. The Library of Congress neither endorses nor maintains these Internet sites. Users should direct any problems with links to the particular administrator or webmaster responsible for the site.