Original Wraps. Chicago and New York: A. G. Spalding & Bros. 1887. First Edition. Very Good.
First edition. Original publisher's tan printed wrappers. About very good, wrappers toned with wear to spine, pages toned, else a clean and tight copy of an extremely fragile book. 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 1887 guide includes statistics for 1886. In 1886, the St. Louis Brown win the World Championship over the Chicago White Stockings in best of 7 series. Hall of Famer Mike "King" Kelly leads the league in batting average and Cap Anson leads in RBI's for the 6th time in his career; in the American Association, Guy Hecker becomes the only pitcher in history to win a batting title, and the stolen base becomes an official statistic.