August 08, 2002

A complete hand book of the national game of base ball,

CONTAINING

Statistical reviews of the various professional association championship
seasons, as also the records and averages of the inter-collegiate
associations, east & west.

ADDED TO WHICH IS THE

COMPLETE OFFICIAL LEAGUE RECORD FOR 1888.

ALSO

_Brief Record of the Base Ball Tours to England in 1874 and to Australia
in 1888._

TOGETHER WITH

The new code of playing rules, as revised by the committee of conference.

Attached to which is an official explanatory appendix, giving a correct
interpretation of the new rules, also the official record of all league
games and players, and the official schedule of league games for 1889,
pitchers' records in victories for 1888.

Base running and throwing records of 1888, with the leading noteworthy
events. Records of the veteran batsmen of the league from 1876 to 1888.

_Handsomely Illustrated with Portraits and Pictures_

[Illustration: Boston Grounds.]

[Illustration: CORRECT DIAGRAM OF A BALL GROUND.]

[Illustration: PHILADELPHIA GROUNDS]

The publishers of "Spalding's Base Ball Guide" present to the fraternity in
the GUIDE for 1889, the model baseball annual of the period; the thirteenth
annual edition of the work being in every respect the most complete
baseball GUIDE ever issued. Exceeding as it does every other book of the
kind in size--over two hundred pages of reading matter --as also in its new
feature of pictorial illustrations, it presents an epitome of the
professional history of the game for 1888, unequaled by any other work of
the kind previously published. In fact, the GUIDE for 1889 has been made to
conform to the very exceptional year of important events its chapters
record--a year which will be remembered for a long time to come as fruitful
of the most noteworthy occurrences known in the annals of our national
game.

The prominent features of the GUIDE for 1889 are the complete record of
the pitching in the League and American championship contests; the
instructive chapters on "the lessons of the campaign," then on "team
work;" the analyses of the play in the world's championship series of
contests; the new tables showing the figures of the campaigns of the past
eighteen years, and especially the explanatory appendix or chapter of
official instructions to umpires and captains.

The great size of the GUIDE precludes the possibility of including the
games record of the League campaign, as also other records of League
legislation, etc., and these will be found in the "Official League Book,"
which contains only official League matter as furnished by Secretary
Young, including the League Constitution in full.

[Illustration: CHICAGO GROUNDS.]

The American national game of base ball has reached a period in its
history, when it no longer needs to be referred to as a field exercise,
calling for particular mention of its peculiar merits. It is now the
established favorite game of ball of the American people, and occupies a
position in public estimation which no other field sport in vogue
approaches. The game has attained its present position of popularity, not
only from its adaptability to our peculiar national characteristics, as
regards its possession of special points of attraction; but also from its
value as a field sport which presents sufficient excitement in itself to
draw thousands of spectators, without the extrinsic aid of betting as its
chief point of interest, the latter attraction being something which
pertains to nearly every other popular sport. Then, too, it should be
borne in mind that base ball first taught us Americans the value of
physical exercise as an important aid to perfect work in cultivating the
mind up to its highest point. It is to the introduction of base ball as a
national pastime, in fact, that the growth of athletic sports in general
in popularity is largely due; and the game pointed out to the mercantile
community of our large cities that "all work and no play" is the most
costly policy they can pursue, both in regard to the advantages to their
own health, and in the improvement in the work of their employees, the
combination of work and play judiciously, yielding results in better work
and more satisfactory service than was possible under the old rule. Thus,
the game has acted like a lever in lifting into public favor all athletic
sports.

A great deal is said about the special attraction of this and that
leading sport of the day. The turfman thinks there is nothing approaching
the excitement of a horse race, which from the start to the finish
occupies but a few minutes of time. The rower regards a three mile "shell"
race as the very acme of sporting pleasures; while the yachtsman looks
upon all other contests as of trifling importance compared with that
ending in the winning of his club regatta cup; and so on through the whole
category of sports of the field, the forest and the river. But if any one
can present to us a sport or pastime, a race or a contest, which can in
all its essentials of stirring excitement, displays of manly courage,
nerve and endurance, and its unwearying scenes of skillful play and
alternations of success equal our national game of ball, we should like to
see it.

What can present a more attractive picture to the lover of out door
sports than the scene presented at a base ball match between two trained
professional teams competing for championship honors, in which every point
of play is so well looked after in the field, that it is only by some
extra display of skill at the bat, that a single run is obtained in a full
nine innings game? If it is considered, too, that base ball is a healthy,
recreative exercise, suitable for all classes of our people, there can be
no surprise that such a game should reach the unprecedented popularity it
has.