Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    One of the Earliest Histories of the Game

    William Patten and J. Walker McSpadden. The Book of Baseball. The National Game From the Earliest Days to the Present Season. New York: P. F. Collier & Son Publishers, 1911. First edition. Folio. 159 pages. Illustrated with photographs. Frontispiece by Charles Dana Gibson. Maroon cloth backstrip over illustrated paper-covered boards. Boards worn and soiled at the edges. Corners abraded. Spine with insect spotting. Front hinge a bit weak but holding. Internally clean and in very good condition.

    More Information:

    One of the earliest histories of the game. Contains a history of the early days crediting New Yorker Alex J. Cartwright and the Knickerbocker Club with the invention of the game, mentioning Abner Doubleday only in passing. Also contains a review of the 1910 season, pitching instructions, a review of the minor league, and star plays and players.

    Grobani 6-10.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    October, 2012
    4th-5th Thursday-Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 816

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $50,000 (minimum $14), plus 20% of any amount between $50,000 and $1,000,000, plus 12% of any amount over $1,000,000 per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2021 June 9 - 10 Rare Books Signature Auction - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    The resulting auction of my property overwhelmed me. I want to thank Tom Slater and the Heritage team for a very satisfactory experience and profitable result with my historical consignment.
    Henry L.,
    Lexington, KY
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search