Sunday, June 22, 2008

The Only Real History Of Base Ball Ever Published

Best Base Ball History

Interesting to Fans and Invaluable to All Connected With the Game

At last a standard work on base ball has made his appearance-the only complete history of the national game ever published. The book is called "The National Game."

In the earliest days of base ball in St. Louis, William Spink was the first real base ball editor. When he died his brother Al took up the reins and held unto the early records kept by his brother. From these early records and figures obtained since securing them, Al Spink has written the only bona fide history of base ball that has ever been published. It is a story woven out of real wool and is not only well and interestingly written but is beautifully illustrated with portraits of old and also of upcoming players.

Mr. Spink's story of "base ball in the cities," which is part of this book, covers the upbuilding of the game in Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Boston, St. Louis, Cincinnati and other major league cities and gives the book a national and widespread importance.

The book also contains sketches of very man who has played in the major base ball leagues from the days of the old Professional Association in the early 70's up to the present moment.

Mr. Spink in his time was associated with the great base ball leaders like Reach, Spalding, Johnson, Comiskey, Brash, Ewing, Anson, the Wright Brothers, George and Harry, Ward and others and he has written lively and interesting stories about them.

The book is not only an interesting one to read but it will prove of great value to managers, club-owners and base ball writers containing as it does all sorts of information which until this book was published was unobtainable.
-The Sporting News, November 17, 1910

Who would have imagined TSN giving The National Game a positive review? I don't really see any sort of conflict of interest there. Anyway, the image at the top of the post is an ad for The National Game that appeared in the same issue as the review.

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