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Exhibition Baseball Americana

The Base Ball Player’s Pocket Companion. Boston: Mayhew and Baker, 1859. Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress (008.00.00)

The Base Ball Player’s Pocket Companion

Considered the most important of the early American baseball books, this slim pocket companion focuses primarily on the differences between the Massachusetts Game (also known as “town ball”) and the New York Game, shown here. The book was published as controversy raged over which region’s rules should be used, but the author noted that the New York Game was “fast becoming . . . a national game.”