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1874 "Chadwick’s American Base Ball Manual"--Scarce Hardcover Book

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Hailed as the “father of baseball”, Henry Chadwick was a sportswriter and innovative statistician credited with creating the box score. He is also known for writing and/or editing many of the earliest baseball books, guides and manuals. Coinciding with a baseball tour in England, this 1874 hardcover manual is a scarce revised version of Chadwick’s famous 1871 manual. Though marked by considerable wear, this important manual remains highly appealing with fantastic period graphics. More on our website.

Veterans returning from the Civil War were the driving force that rapidly spread the game of baseball across the Nation. As popularity of the game grew professional leagues sprouted everywhere. At a time when gambling and alcohol were considered serious threats to baseball, Chadwick’s seminal works helped solidify the game with organized standards for play. He also devised the terms "batting average" and "earned run average", statistics that still prevail in the modern era. The significance of his dedicated guidance was recognized in 1938 with his posthumous election to the Baseball Hall of Fame.


The front cover of the offered book is adorned with a beautiful color rendition of a game in progress. The cover boards are solid, the spine remains serviceable and the interior pages are in excellent condition. The title page is printed with “Chadwick’s Base Ball Manual, Containing the New Rules of Base Ball as revised at the Base Ball Convention held at Boston, U.S. March 2, 1874, together with special instruction in all the scientific points of pitching, batting, and fielding, with instructions for scoring the game and rules for umpiring, by Henry Chadwick (Base Ball Editor “New York Clipper”), London, George Rutledge and Sons”.

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