Original Wraps. Chicago and New York: A. G. Spalding & Bros. 1888. First Edition. Near Fine.
First edition. Original publisher's tan printed wrappers. An excellent copy with some light wear, minor chips to the corners of the front wrapper, a few minor stains, pages toned with a stain affecting the margin of a few leaves, else very good or better. Spalding's Official Base Ball Guide was an annually issued baseball guide first published in 1877 by sporting goods magnate A. G. Spalding's American Sports Publishing Company. During the 19th century, Spalding and Reach's guides were the primary source of sports statistics and analysis of the prior year; they also included the rules and regulations for playing the game. Spalding and Reach fully merged by 1942 to form The Sporting News. The 1888 guide includes statistics for 1887; Tip O'Neill becomes the second player in history to win the triple crown (leading the league in home runs, RBI's and batting average) while Hall of Famer, Sam Thompson narrowly misses the triple crown for the National League leading the league in RBI's and batting average, and the Detroit Wolverines win a 15 game World Series over the defending champion St. Louis Browns, 10 games to 5.