By Neely Tucker, March 30, 2023
The following guest post was written by Peter Armenti and Darren Jones, research specialists in the Library’s Researcher and Reference Services Division.
Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack — it’s Major League Baseball’s Opening Day!
To celebrate the start of the 2023 season, the Library is pleased to announce a new digital collection: Early Baseball Publications.
The collection, which will grow over time, provides full-text digitized access to more than 120 early baseball publications.
The initial release includes a large selection of 19th- and early 20th-century annual baseball guides, including many volumes of Spalding’s Official Base Ball Guide, one of the premier baseball publications of its day. Also included are rule books, record books, scorekeeping guides and books on how to hit and play different positions.