By Popular Demand: Jackie Robinson and Other Baseball Highlights, 1860s-1960s
Articles and Essays
Baseball, the Color Line, and Jackie Robinson
Drawing the Color Line: 1860s to 1890s. Americans began playing baseball on informal teams, using local rules, in the early 1800s. By the 1860s, the sport, unrivaled in popularity, was being described as America's "national pastime."
Early Baseball Pictures, 1860s to 1920s
Library of Congress staff selected this sampler of thirty-four images related to early baseball (1860s-1920s) from various files and collections in the Prints and Photographs Division. The factors that guided image selection included showing interesting games, some famous players, a variety of teams, different types of pictorial formats, and images with no copyright restrictions.