Hard Cover. Philadelphia: The Athletic Publishing Company, 1888. First Edition. Fine.
First edition. Publisher's olive cloth, decorated in black to front board and spine and in blind to rear board, lettered in gilt to front board, yellow-coated endpapers. An exceptional copy with mild rubbing to the spine and corners, else fine. Overall, a lovely copy with a bright interior. Housed in a custom folding box. Smith 7017. This comprehensive guide to baseball was written by John Montgomery Ward (1860-1925), a Major League player and the first president of the Brotherhood of Professional Base Ball Players. With a chapter for each position in the game, the book includes strategies and methods used by the players, aimed at fans seeking to better understand the game, as well as players seeking to improve their skills. Notably, the book contains one of the first detailed descriptions of the game's history and origins.