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Selected Bibliography

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.

General Sources

Encyclopedias

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 Baseball Encyclopedia. New York: Macmillan, 1969. (Call number GV877.B27)
    Provides career and post-season records for each player in one place and is the only encyclopedia of the three principal encyclopedias listed here to include fielding statistics and statistics for the Negro Leagues and All-American Girls Professional Baseball Leagues.
  • Neft, David S., ed. The Sports Encyclopedia: Baseball. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1974-. (Call number GV877.S78)
    This is the best source for year-by-year team rosters, with a summary narrative for each season. Career statistics are cumulative by era.
  • Thorn, John, and Pete Palmer, eds. Total Baseball. New York: Warner Books, 1989. (Call number GV863.A1 T682; ISBN 044651389X)
    The first half of this encyclopedia is comprised of essays, some quite lengthy, by noted baseball authorities on all aspects of the game. Covers Japan and Latin America. Career statistics do not include post-season play. Includes sections on umpires, coaches, and owners.

The following two multi-volume encyclopedias include general entries on baseball history as well as biographies of prominent players.

  • Salzman, Jack, David Lionel Smith, and Cornel West, eds. Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History. 5 vols. New York: Macmillan Library Reference, 1996. (Call number E185.E54 1996; ISBN 0028973453)
  • Williams, Michael W., ed. The African American Encyclopedia. 6 vols. New York: Marshall Cavendish Corp., 1993. (Call number E185.A253 1993; ISBN 1854355457)

Other Sources

  • Ashe, Arthur R. Jr., et. al. A Hard Road to Glory: Baseball, the African-American Athlete in Baseball. New York: Amistad, 1993. (Call number GV863.A1 A84 1993; ISBN 156743035X)
    Includes baseball material originally published in the three-volume multi-sport Hard Road to Glory (New York: Amistad, 1993), with additions.
  • Benson, Michael. Ballparks of North America: A Comprehensive Historical Reference to Baseball Grounds, Yards, and Stadiums, 1845 to Present. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 1989. (Call number GV879.5 .B46 1989; ISBN 0899503675)
    Gives the history, location, dimensions, and associated teams for major league, Negro League, and minor league ballparks and stadia, when known. Entries are arranged geographically.
  • Connor, Anthony J. Voices from Cooperstown: Baseball's Hall of Famers Tell It Like It Was. New York: Collier Books, 1984. (Call number GV865.A1 B34 1984; ISBN 0020282109, pbk.)
    A compilation of quotations and anecdotes taken from published sources.
  • Dickson, Paul. The Dickson Baseball Dictionary. New York: Facts on File, 1989. (Call number GV862.3 .D53 1989; ISBN 0816017417)
    An award winning reference work on baseball terminology, this etymological dictionary includes over 5,000 words and phrases. The first edition will soon be available on-line at the Major League Players Association Web site. A second edition is scheduled for publication in 1998.
  • ---, comp. Baseball's Greatest Quotations. New York: Edward Burlingame Books, 1991. (Call number GV867.3 .B366 1991; ISBN 0062700014)
  • Grobani, Anton, ed. Guide to Baseball Literature. Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1975. (Call number Z7514.B3 G76; ISBN 0810309629)
  • Mead, William B., and Paul Dickson. Baseball: The President's Game. Washington D.C.: Farragut Publishing Company, 1993. (Call number GV867.3 .M43 1993; ISBN 0918535166)
    A history of the Chief Executive's relation to the game, starting with Taft. Includes extensive illustrations.
  • Porter, David L., ed. Biographical Dictionary of American Sports: Baseball. New York: Greenwood Press, 1987. (Call number GV865.A1 B55 1987; ISBN 0313237719)
    Although Shatzkin's The Ballplayers is more comprehensive in biographical content than Porter's Biographical Dictionary of American Sports: Baseball, Porter provides somewhat lengthier entries, focusing on better known individuals. Both are excellent sources, particularly for information about individuals who lack book-length biographies. Both include citations for further research.
  • Seymour, Harold. Baseball. New York: Oxford University Press, 1960. (Call number GV863.A1 S48 1960; ISBN 0195014080, v. 2; ISBN 0195038908, v. 3)
    This three-volume history covers professional baseball (in the first two volumes) and amateur baseball (in the third volume). For those with a scholarly interest in the game, this is one of the definitive works.
  • Shatzkin, Mike, ed. The Ballplayers: Baseball's Ultimate Biographical Reference. New York: Arbor House/William Morrow, 1990. (Call Number GV865.A1 B323 1990; ISBN 0877959846)
    Although Shatzkin's The Ballplayers is more comprehensive in biographical content than Porter's Biographical Dictionary of American Sports: Baseball, Porter provides somewhat lengthier entries, focusing on better known individuals. Both are excellent sources, particularly for information about individuals who lack book-length biographies. Both include citations for further research.
  • Smith, Myron J. Jr., comp. Baseball: A Comprehensive Bibliography. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 1986. (Call number Z7514.B3 S64 1986; ISBN 0899502229)
    An exhaustive work that includes sections on players, team histories, and the Negro Leagues. This book's Dodgers material was published separately as Dodgers Bibliography (Westport, Conn.: Meckler, 1988) and is quite useful for material on Robinson, although not as up to date as Smith's Supplement 1.
  • ---, ed. Baseball: A Comprehensive Bibliography. Supplement 1, 1985-May 1992. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 1993. (Call number Z7514.B3 S64 1986; ISBN 0899507999)
  • Voigt, David Quentin. American Baseball. 3 vols. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1983. (Call number GV863.A1 V65 1983; ISBN 0271003316, v. 1; ISBN 0271003340, pbk.)
    Voigt's American Baseball and Seymour's Baseball, both three volumes in length, are the most comprehensive histories of the sport. They differ in that Voigt covers baseball through the electronic age.

Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Baseball

  • Levine, Peter. A.G. Spalding and the Rise of Baseball: The Promise of American Sport. New York: Oxford University Press, 1985. (Call number GV865.S7 L48 1985; ISBN 0195035526)
    An excellent biography of a figure central to the development of the game of baseball. Spalding was a player, manager, and team owner before he founded a sporting goods manufacturing company and publishing house, the American Sports Publishing Company. Spalding organized the first around-the-world tour to promote the game in 1888-89. Spalding's rule books and annuals (for example, his Base Ball Guide and Official League Book) are useful sources for historical research because they include team and league profiles, player biographies, box scores, and equipment catalogs that appear at the end of each publication.
  • Ritter, Lawrence S., comp. The Glory of Their Times: The Story of the Early Days of Baseball Told By the Men Who Played It. New York: W. Morrow, 1984. (Call number GV865.A1 G56 1984; ISBN 0688039014)
    The first oral history of baseball. The second edition adds four players not included in the first edition, including Hank Greenberg. Players active between 1898-1946 were interviewed. As enjoyable as it is informative.
  • White, Sol, B. Sol White's History of Colored Base Ball, With Other Documents on the Early Black Game, 1886-1936. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1995. (Call number GV863.A1 W448 1996; ISBN 0803297831)
    Sol White, a baseball player himself, published this work in 1907. Originals are rare and a facsimile edition, published in 1984, is now a collectors' item. The most current edition includes supplementary documentation regarding black baseball, including a "Chronological Registry of 19th-Century Black Players in Organized Baseball." This is an invaluable source.
  • Zang, David W. Fleet Walker's Divided Heart: The Life of Baseball's First Black Major Leaguer. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1995. (Call number GV865.W34 Z35 1995; ISBN 0803249136)

Negro Leagues

  • Brashler, William. The Story of Negro League Baseball. New York: Ticknor & Fields, 1994. (Call number GV863.A1 B72 1994; ISBN 0395671698; ISBN 0395697212, pbk.)
  • Cooper, Michael L. Playing America's Game: The Story of Negro League Baseball. New York: Lodestar Books, 1993. (Call number GV863.A1 C615 1993; ISBN 0525674071)
  • Fields, Wilmer. My Life in the Negro Leagues: An Autobiography. Westport, Conn.: Meckler, 1992. (Call number GV865.F427 A3 1992; ISBN 0887368506)
  • Holway, John B. Black Diamonds: Life in the Negro Leagues from the Men Who Lived It. New York: Stadium Books, 1991. (Call number GV865.A1 H613 1991; ISBN 0962513237)
  • ---. Voices from the Great Black Baseball Leagues. Rev. ed. New York: Da Capo Press, 1992. (Call number GV865.A1 H615 1992; ISBN 0306804700)
    John Holway is a well-known historian of the Negro Leagues. The oral histories included here rank among the best. Also notable is Holway's pamphlet-length biography Rube Foster, the Father of Black Baseball.
  • O'Neil, Buck. I Was Right on Time. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996. (Call number GV865.O48 A3 1996; ISBN 0684803054)
  • Overmyer, James. Effa Manley and the Newark Eagles. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1993. (Call number GV865.M325 O94 1993; ISBN 0810827034)
    Biography of a highly regarded Negro League team owner.
  • Peterson, Robert. Only the Ball Was White: A History of Legendary Black Players and All-Black Professional Teams. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992. (Call number GV863.A1 P47 1992; ISBN 0195076370)
    The first history of black baseball since Sol White's and still one of the best.
  • Reisler, Jim. Black Writers/Black Baseball: An Anthology of Articles from Black Sportswriters Who Covered the Negro Leagues. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co., 1994. (Call number GV742.4 .R45 1994; ISBN 0786400021)
    The black press, as well as covering the Negro Leagues, editorialized on organized baseball's exclusion of African Americans. This anthology includes articles by some of the most noted black sports journalists, including Sam Lacy and Wendell Smith. Smith's papers are at the National Baseball Library in Cooperstown, New York. Those interested in his crusade should consult David Wiggins' excellent article "Wendell Smith, the Pittsburgh Courier-Journal and the Campaign to Include Blacks in Organized Baseball, 1933-1945" (Journal of Sport History, vol. 10, no. 2, Summer 1983.)
  • Riley, James A. The Biographical Encyclopedia of the Negro Baseball Leagues. New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers, 1994. (Call number GV865.A1 R473 1994; ISBN 0786700653)
    Biographical information on many Negro League players is difficult, if not impossible, to find because press coverage was sporadic. This work is the most comprehensive source yet published on the subject and is an indispensable reference for the study of the Negro Leagues.
  • Rogosin, Donn. Invisible Men: Life in Baseball's Negro Leagues. New York: Kodansha International, 1995. (Call number GV863.A1 R585; ISBN 1568360851)
    An excellent narrative of the Negro Leagues. Appendixes of final standings and all-star games box scores are from Peterson's Only the Ball Was White: A History of Legendary Black Players and All-Black Professional Teams.
  • Trouppe, Quincy. 20 Years Too Soon: Prelude to Major-League Integrated Baseball. Rev. ed. St. Louis: Missouri Historical Society Press, 1995. (Call number GV865.T7 A35 1995; ISBN 1883982073)

Jackie Robinson, Branch Rickey, and Their Legacy

  • Allen, Maury. Jackie Robinson: A Life Remembered. New York: F. Watts, 1987. (Call number GV865.R6 A74 1987; ISBN 0531150429)
  • Barber, Red. 1947, When All Hell Broke Loose in Baseball. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1982. (Call number GV863.A1 B37 1982; ISBN 0385177623)
  • Frommer, Harvey. Rickey and Robinson: The Men Who Broke Baseball's Color Barrier. New York: MacMillan, 1982. Call number GV865.R6 F76 1982; ISBN: 0025416804)
  • ---. Jackie Robinson. New York: F. Watts, 1984. (Call number GV865.R6 F75 1984; ISBN 0531048586).
  • Kahn, Roger. The Boys of Summer. New York: Perennial Library, 1987. (Call number GV875.B7 K3 1987; ISBN 0060914165)
    Roger Kahn grew up in Brooklyn as a Dodger fan and later covered the team as a beat writer for the New York Herald-Tribune in the 1950s. Boys of Summer is considered by many to be one of the best books ever written about baseball. Also highly recommended is his Memories of Summer (New York: Hyperion, 1997).
  • Mann, Arthur William. Branch Rickey: American in Action. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1957. (Call number GV865.R45 M3)
  • ---. The Jackie Robinson Story. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1951. (Call number GV865.R6 M3)
  • Moffi, Larry, and Jonathan Kronstadt. Crossing the Line: Black Major Leaguers, 1947-1959. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1994. (Call number GV865.A1 M64 1994b; ISBN 0877455295)
    The major leagues integrated in 1947, but it wasn't until 1959 that every team had, at some time, employed a Black player. Using these 13 years as a chronological framework, the authors present biographical sketches of all the black players, from Jackie Robinson to Pumpsie Green. Not all were Hall of Famers; some had brief and unremarkable careers in the big leagues. This book includes them all.
  • O'Connor, Jim. Jackie Robinson and the Story of All-Black Baseball. New York: Random House, 1989. (Call number GV865.R6 O27 1989; ISBN 0394924568; ISBN 0394824563, pbk.)
  • Polner, Murray. Branch Rickey: A Biography. New York: Atheneum, 1982. (Call number GV865.R45 P64 1982; ISBN 0689112548)
  • Rampersad, Arnold. Jackie Robinson: A Biography. New York: Knopf, 1997. (Call number GV865.R6 R34 1997; ISBN 0679444955)
  • Robinson, Jackie, and Alfred Duckett. I Never Had It Made: An Autobiography. Hopewell, N.J.: Ecco Press, 1995. (Call number GV865.R6 A3 1995; ISBN 0399110100)
  • Robinson, Rachel, and Lee Daniels. Jackie Robinson: An Intimate Portrait. New York: Abrams, 1996. (Call number GV865.R6 R592 1996; ISBN 0810937921)
    In this extensively illustrated biography about her husband, Rachel Robinson describes his baseball career and their civil rights work and family life. Also of note is their daughter Sharon Robinson's autobiographical work Stealing Home: An Intimate Family Portrait by the Daughter of Jackie Robinson (New York: HarperCollins, 1996), which focuses on family experiences after her father's career in baseball.
  • Rowan, Carl T. Wait Till Next Year: The Life Story of Jackie Robinson. New York: Random House, 1960. (Call number GV865.R6 R64)
  • Stout, Glenn, and Dick Johnson. Jackie Robinson: Between the Baselines. San Francisco: Woodford Press, 1997. (Call number GV863.R676 S86 1997; ISBN 0942627490)
  • Tygiel, Jules. Baseball's Great Experiment: Jackie Robinson and His Legacy. Expanded ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997. (Call number GV865.R6 T93 1997; ISBN 0195106199; ISBN 0195106202)
    In the author's words this book is a "social history of the integration of baseball which looks at Robinson's baseball years as part of a larger story." (From his Jackie Robinson Reader)
  • ---, ed. The Jackie Robinson Reader: Perspectives On An American Hero. New York: Dutton, 1997. (Call number GV865.R6 J33 1997; ISBN 0525940960)
    Includes selected articles and excerpts by Jules Tygiel, Sam Lacy, Roger Kahn, Red Barber, and Robinson, among others. This anthology is an excellent introduction to the life of Robinson.
  • Asinof, Eliot. Eight Men Out: The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1963. (Call number GV875.C6 A8 1977; ISBN 0030206413)
  • Chalk, Ocania. Black College Sport. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1976. (Call number GV583 .C45; ISBN 039607023X)
  • Davis, Lenwood G., and Belinda S. Daniels. Black Athletes in the United States: A Bibliography of Books, Articles, Autobiographies, and Biographies on Black Professional Athletes in the United States, 1800-1981. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood, 1981. (Call number Z7515.U5 D38; ISBN 0313229767)
  • González Echevarría, Roberto. The Pride of Havana: A History of Cuban Baseball. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999. (Call number GV863.25.A1G65 1999; ISBN 0195069919)
  • Obojski, Robert. The Rise of Japanese Baseball Power. Radnor, Pa.: Chilton Book Co., 1975. (Call number GV863.77 .A1026 1975; ISBN 0801960614)
  • Oleksak, Michael M., and Mary A. Oleksak. Beisbol: Latin Americans and the Grand Old Game. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Masters Press, 1991. (Call number GV862.6 .043 1991; ISBN 0940279355)
  • Sowell, Mike. The Pitch That Killed. New York: Macmillan, 1991. (Call Number GV863.A1 S73 1991; ISBN 0020747616) The story of Ray Chapman, the only major leaguer killed by a pitched ball, and Carl Mays, who threw it.

Pictorial Works

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.

  • Cahan, Richard, and Mark Jacob. The Game That Was: The George Brace Baseball Photo Collection. Chicago: Contemporary Books, 1996. (Call number GV863.A1 C35 1996; ISBN: 0-8092-3200-6)
  • Chadwick, Bruce. When the Game Was Black and White: The Illustrated History of the Negro Leagues. New York: Abbeville Press, c1992. (Call number GV875.A1 C47 1992; ISBN: 1558593721)
  • Dixon, Phil, and Patrick J. Hannigan. The Negro Baseball Leagues, 1867-1955: A Photographic History. Mattituck, N.Y.: Amereon House, 1992. (Call Number GV863 .D59 1992; ISBN 0848804252)
  • Honig, Donald. Baseball: the Illustrated History of America's Game. New York: Crown, 1990. (Call number GV863.A1 H64 1990; ISBN 0517572958)
  • ---. Shadows of Summer: Classic Baseball Photographs, 1869-1947. New York: Viking Studio Books, 1994. (Call number GV863.A1 H656 1994; ISBN 0670857319)
  • Kart, Lawrence, and David R. Phillips. That Old Ball Game: Rare Photographs From Baseball's Glorious Past. Chicago: H. Regnery Co., 1975. (Call number GV863.A1 T45 1975; ISBN 080928101)
  • McCabe, Neal, and Constance McCabe. Baseball's Golden Age: The Photographs of Charles M. Conlon. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1993. (Call number GV862.5 .C66 1993; ISBN 0810931303)

Younger Readers

  • Alvarez, Mark. The Official Baseball Hall of Fame Story of Jackie Robinson. New York: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1990. (Call number GV865.R6 A78 1990; ISBN 0671694804; ISBN 0671690930, pbk.)
  • Lipman, David. Mr. Baseball. New York: Putnam, 1966. (Call number GV865.R45 L5)
  • Margolies, Jacob. The Negro Leagues: The Story of Black Baseball. New York: Franklin Watts, 1993. (Call number GV863.A1 M35 1993; ISBN 053111130X)
  • Ritter, Lawrence S. Leagues Apart: The Men and Times of the Negro Baseball Leagues. New York: Morrow Junior Books, 1995. (Call number GV875.A1 R58 1995; ISBN 0688133169; ISBN 0688133177)
  • Robinson, Jackie, and Alfred Duckett. Breakthrough: to the Big League: The Story of Jackie Robinson. New York: M. Cavendish Corp., 1991. (Call number GV865.R6 A3 1990; ISBN 1559050942)
  • Sabin, Francene. Jackie Robinson. Mahwah, N.J.: Troll Associates, 1985. (Call number GV865.R6 S2 1985; ISBN 0816701644; ISBN 0816701652, pbk.)
  • Ward, Geoffrey C., and Ken Burns. Shadow Ball: The History of the Negro Leagues. New York: Knopf, 1994. (Call number GV863.A1 B87 1994; ISBN 067986749X; ISBN 0679967494)

Panoramic Photographs
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.

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