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Title: Spalding's Baseball Guide and Official
League Book for 1895
Author: Edited by Henry Chadwick
Release Date: February, 2006 [EBook #9916]
[Yes, we are more than one year ahead of
schedule] [This file was first posted on October 31,
2003]
Edition: 10
Language: English
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EBOOK SPALDING'S BASEBALL GUIDE, 1895 ***Produced by Joshua Hutchinson, Thomas
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[Title page]
[Illustration:
SPALDING'S
SPECIAL ATHLETIC LIBRARY
BASE BALL
GUIDE
1895]
[Advertisement]
The Leader for 1895
is
The Spalding Bicycle.
ITS NAME IS ITS GUARANTEE.
The name stands for the Highest Grade in Athletic
Goods throughout the world, and now stands for
THE HIGHEST-GRADE BICYCLE MADE.
THE SPALDING BICYCLE … DURING THE YEAR
1894 MADE A PHENOMENAL RECORD
A. H. Barnett on the Spalding Bicycle won the
Great Irvington-Milburn Road Race … Monte
Scott, of the Crescent Wheelman, on the Spalding
Bicycle made new world's road records for 5, 10,
15, 20 and 25 miles, and … Fred Titus at
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1489 yards in one hour, making a world's record,
and making records from 7 to 27 miles.
Watch the Spalding Team for '95—SANGER-
TITUS-CABANNE.
A.G. SPALDING & BROS.
NEW YORK PHILADELPHIA
*AT CHICOPEE
[Illustration: Albert G. Spalding.]
BASE BALL GUIDE AND OFFICIAL LEAGUE
BOOK FOR 1895.
* * * * *
A Complete Hand Book Of The National Game
Of Base Ball,
Containing The
Full Official League Records
For 1894,
Together With
The New Code Of Playing Rules As Revised By
The
Committee Of Rules.
Attached To Which Are Explanatory Notes, Giving
A
Correct Interpretation Of The New Rules.
* * * * *
A Prominent Feature Of The
Guide For 1895
Is The New Championship Record; Added To
Which Are
The Complete Pitching Records Of 1894 And
Special Chapters On The
Fielding And Base Running
Of 1894,
Together With
Interesting Records Of The Most Noteworthy
Contests, IncidentsContests, Incidents
And Occurrences Of The Eventful Season Of
1894, Occurring
In The College Arenas As Well As In
That Of The Professional Clubs.
* * * * *
Edited By
Henry Chadwick.
Published By American Sports Publishing
Company, 241 Broadway, New YorkPUBLISHERS' NOTICE.
The official handbook of America's national game—
SPALDING'S BASE BALL GUIDE—which was first
issued in 1876, has grown in size, importance and
popular favor year by year, until it has become the
great standard statistical and reference annual of
the game throughout the base ball world; and it is
now recognized as the established base ball
manual of the entire professional fraternity, as well
as the authorized Guide Book of the great National
League, which is the controlling governmental
organization of the professional clubs of the United
States.
The Guide of 1895 not only records the doings of
the twelve clubs of the National League for the
past season, with all the official statistics, but it
gives space to the championship campaigns of
1894, not only of the Minor Professional Leagues
of the country, but also of those of the College
clubs and of the leading organizations of the
amateur class—the majority class of the entire
base ball world—and in this respect the Guide has
no equal, the book of 1895 being exceptionally full
of the most interesting chapters of the leading
events of the diamond fields of the past year, and
for the first time contains many fine half-tone
illustrations of all the leading clubs and players,
making it the largest and most complete Guide
ever issued.
Copies of the Guide will be mailed to any address
upon receipt of twelve cents each. Trade orders
supplied through the News Companies, or direct
from the Publishers,
American Sports Publishing Company, 241
Broadway, New York.
The Guide, as hitherto, is issued under the entire
editorial control of the veteran writer on sports, Mr.
Henry Chadwick, popularly known as "The Father
of Base Ball."
The great size of the Guide precludes the
possibility of including the game 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 officialLeague matter, as furnished by Secretary Young,
including the League Constitution in full.PREFACE.
SPALDING'S BASE BALL GUIDE for 1895 is the
twentieth annual edition of the work issued under
the auspices of the National League. It is also the
fifteenth annual edition published under the
editorship of Mr. Henry Chadwick, he having first
entered upon his editorial duties on the GUIDE in
1881. Moreover, it is the fourth annual edition
issued under the government of the existing major
League, which League was the result of the
reconstruction measures adopted during the winter
of 1891-92; and this latest issue of SPALDING'S
LEAGUE GUIDE in several respects, if not in all,
surpasses all of its predecessors. New features are
presented in its pages this year which are of
special interest; the most noteworthy being the
new record of every game played in the League
championship series—-won, lost or drawn—-from
April 19 to September 30, 1894, inclusive; the
names of the opposing pitchers in each game;
being a record never before published in any base
ball manual, this alone making the GUIDE of 1895
a model book of reference for the whole base ball
fraternity. Added to this are not only the full
statistics of the League season of 1894, but also
special articles on the latest scientific points of play
developed in the professional arena; together with
editorial comments on the leading events of the
past season—-now regarded as one of the
interesting features of the book—-and the scores
of the model games of 1894, etc. A new chapter is
"The Reference Guide," devoted to statistics
valuable as references. In addition to which is the
new code of rules which went into effect in April,
1895, and the editorial explanatory appendix,
revised by President Young of the League; the
whole making the GUIDE the model base ball
manual of the period, the book being of special
value, alike to the amateur class of the base ball
fraternity, as to the class of professional exemplars
of the game.
AMERICAN SPORTS PUBLISHING COMPANY,
241 BROADWAY, NEW YORK CITY.
* * * * *
WASHINGTON, D. C, March, 1895.By authority vested in me, I do hereby certify that
Messrs. A. G. Spalding & Bros, have been granted
the exclusive right to publish the "OFFICIAL
LEAGUE BOOK" for 1895.
N. E. YOUNG,
Secretary of the National League and American
Association of Professional
Base Ball Clubs.
[Illustration A.G. Mills; N.E. Young; Wahulbert—
The Three Presidents]
[Illustration: Baltimore Base Ball Club. Champions
of 1894.]
[Illustration]
[Illustration: New York Base Ball Club, '94.]INTRODUCTION.
The decade of the nineties in League history bids
fair to surpass, in exciting events, that of every
preceding series of years known in the annals of
professional base ball. The decade in question
began with the players' revolt in 1890 and was
followed up by the secession of the old American
Association, a fatal movement, which ended in the
death of that organization in the winter of 1891-92;
the reorganization of the National League resulting
in the absorption of the best half of the old
Association clubs and the beginning of the
experiment of governing the whole professional
fraternity by one major League instead of by a dual
government as before; this one powerful League
being itself controlled by the laws of the "National
Agreement." The cost of the amalgamation of the
four American Association clubs with the National
League, together with the financial losses incurred
by the revolutionary period of 1890 and 1891—
losses, by the way, which the players did not
participate in, the clubs alone being the sufferers—
left a heavy burden of debt to handicap the
reconstructed National League in its efforts to
recover the public confidence in professional ball
playing lost by the malcontents of 1890 and 1891.
But, nevertheless, the seasons of 1892 and 1893
saw the heavy indebtedness removed from the
League's shoulders; and in 1894 the flourishing
financial times of 1888 and 1889 were, in a
measure, renewed, and for the first time since the
Brotherhood revolt of 1890, the professional base
ball business in 1894 became a paying investment.
It will scarcely be believed that, in the face of the
financial losses incurred during the revolutionary
period of 1890 and 1891, that the closing part of
the season of 1894 saw another attempt made to
renew the troubles of 1891, by an effort made to
resuscitate the defunct American Association
under the banner of "Death to the League's
reserve rule," together with that of a joint attempt
made to revive the old Brotherhood plan of rival
League clubs in the larger base ball cities of the
Union. This revolutionary effort, made by one of
the promoters of the revolt of 1890, aided by two
dismissed managers and a disgruntled star player
itching for notoriety at any cost, led the magnates
of the National League to adopt repressive
measures calculated to put an end to any future