Index of Online Baseball Guides

item_4276_3Update: I have added a number of new guides since this list was originally posted, and will continue to make additions as sources are found or newly digitized. Thanks to John Thorn, Carlos Bauer, Mark Aubrey, and Caleb Hardwick for their contributions.  I will continue to make updates as I find digital sources and digitize guides for the first time.

Although statistical based newspaper and magazine articles had appeared before, the first known baseball guide made its appearance in 1859:  the Base Ball Player’s Pocket Companion published by Mayhew and Baker. In the 150 years that have followed, these annual baseball guides have been one of the most important primary sources for baseball researchers. What makes the guides valuable is that they compile an entire season’s worth of information into a single volume; standings, rosters, playing statistics, etc. For many seasons, these guides are the only significant record of minor leagues, amateur and semi-pro leagues, and other baseball organizations. They are an invaluable resource for researchers.

Many of the early guides have been digitized and made available online. The Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Library and the Internet Archive are among the institutions that  have posted collections of baseball guides. However, each of these collections has gaps. I have compiled this index to baseball guides available online, with links to each one. When multiple online versions of the same guide exist, I have linked to each one separately.

Please note that most of these guides are in the public domain. In cases were copyright protection may still apply, I link only to authorized sources.

I’ve also included a list of guides I know were published, but for which I haven’t found any digital versions online. If you have information on them or guides that do not appear here, please let me know via email and I will update this listing.

In addition to the index of guides, here are some useful reference sources on the subject of annual baseball guides:


Index of Baseball Guides

Jump to:
Beadle’s Dime Base-Ball Player (1861-1880)
Wright & Ditson Baseball Guide (1885-1912)
Spalding Guide (1877-1939)
Reach Guide (1883-1939)
Sporting News Guide (1942-2007)
SABR Emerald Guide (2007-2014)
Other baseball guides
Most Wanted

 

Beadle’s Dime Base-Ball Player (1861-1880)

1860 – Beadle’s Dime Base-Ball Player | Download PDF (Source: John Thorn Collection)
1861 – Beadle’s Dime Base-Ball Player | Download PDF (Source: John Thorn Collection)
1864 – Beadle’s Dime Base-Ball Player | Download PDF (Source: John Thorn Collection)
1867 – Beadle’s Dime Base-Ball Player | View online (Source: Baseball Chronology)

 

Wright & Ditson Baseball Guide (1885-1912)

1884 – Wright & Ditson Baseball Guide | Download PDF | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1910 – Wright & Ditson Baseball Guide | Download PDF | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1911 – Wright & Ditson Baseball Guide | Download PDF | View online (Source: Internet Archive)

 

Spalding Guide (1877-1939)

1880 – Spalding Guide | Download PDF | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1883 – Spalding Guide | Download PDF | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1885 – Spalding Guide | Download PDF | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1886 – Spalding Guide | Download PDF | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1887 – Spalding Guide | Download PDF | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1888 – Spalding Guide | Download PDF | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1889 – Spalding Guide | Download TXT | View online (Source: Project Gutenberg)
1889 – Spalding Guide | Download PDF | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1890 – Spalding Guide | Download PDF | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1891 – Spalding Guide | Download PDF | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1892 – Spalding Guide | View online (Source: Smithsonian)
1893 – Spalding Guide | Download PDF | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1894 – Spalding Guide | Download PDF | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1895 – Spalding Guide | Download TXT | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1895 – Spalding Guide | Download PDF | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1896 – Spalding Guide | View online (Source: Hathi Trust)
1896 – Spalding Guide | Download PDF | View online (Source: Google)
1897 – Spalding Guide | Download PDF | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1898 – Spalding Guide | Download PDF | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1899 – Spalding Guide | Download PDF | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1901 – Spalding Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1902 – Spalding Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1902 – Spalding Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1903 – Spalding Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1903 – Spalding Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1904 – Spalding Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1905 – Spalding Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1906 – Spalding Guide | View online (Source: Library of Congress)
1907 – Spalding Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1907 – Spalding Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1908 – Spalding Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1909 – Spalding Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1909 – Spalding Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1910 – Spalding Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1910 – Spalding Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1911 – Spalding Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1911 – Spalding Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1912 – Spalding Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1913 – Spalding Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1913 – Spalding Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1913 – Spalding Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1913 – Spalding Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1913 – Spalding Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1914 – Spalding Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1915 – Spalding Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1915 – Spalding Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1915 – Spalding Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1916 – Spalding Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1916 – Spalding Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1917 – Spalding Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1917 – Spalding Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1918 – Spalding Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1919 – Spalding Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1919 – Spalding Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1921 – Spalding Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1922 – Spalding Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1929 – Spalding Guide | View online (Source: Library of Congress)
1930 – Spalding Guide | View online (Source: Library of Congress)

 

Reach Guide (1883-1939)

1890 – Reach Guide | Download PDF | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1892 – Reach Guide | Download PDF | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1894 – Reach Guide | Download PDF | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1900 – Reach Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1902 – Reach Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1904 – Reach Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1906 – Reach Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1908 – Reach Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1909 – Reach Guide | View online (Source: Smithsonian)
1910 – Reach Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1911 – Reach Guide | View online (Source: Smithsonian)
1912 – Reach Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1914 – Reach Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1915 – Reach Guide | View online (Source: Smithsonian)
1916 – Reach Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1918 – Reach Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1920 – Reach Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1921 – Reach Guide | View online (Source: Smithsonian)

 

Sporting News Guide (1942-2007)

1943 – Sporting News Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1944 – Sporting News Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1945 – Sporting News Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1946 – Sporting News Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1947 – Sporting News Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1948 – Sporting News Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1949 – Sporting News Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1950 – Sporting News Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1962 – Sporting News Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)

 

SABR Emerald Guide (2007-2014)

2007 – SABR Emerald Guide | Download PDF (Source: SABR)
2008 – SABR Emerald Guide | Download PDF (Source: SABR)
2009 – SABR Emerald Guide | Download PDF (Source: SABR)
2010 – SABR Emerald Guide | Download PDF (Source: SABR)
2011 – SABR Emerald Guide | Download PDF | View online (Source: SABR)
2012 – SABR Emerald Guide | View online (Source: SABR)
2013 – SABR Emerald Guide | View online (Source: SABR)
2014 – SABR Emerald Guide | Download PDF | View online (Source: SABR)

 

Other guides

1868 – Chadwick’s Game of Baseball | View online (Source: Baseball Chronology)
1871 – Chadwick’s American Baseball Manual | View online (Source: Baseball Chronology)
1875 – George Wright’s Book (No source available)
1876 – Bryce’s Canadian Base Ball Guide | Download PDF | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1891 – Hancock’s Indoor Base Ball Guide | Download PDF | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1896 – Victor Baseball Guide | Download PDF | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1900 – LeSport Guide Officiel | Download PDF | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1904 – Tony Murnane Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1905 – John McGraw Baseball Guide | Download PDF | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1905 – Lajoie’s Baseball Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1906 – Lajoie’s Baseball Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1908 – Tony Murnane Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1910 – Bull Durham Baseball Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1911 – Bull Durham Baseball Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1911 – Moreland Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1913 – Cleveland Amateur Baseball Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)
1914 – Cleveland Amateur Baseball Guide | View online (Source: Internet Archive)

 

Most wanted

I would be grateful for links to or digital copies of the following guides: