The First Magazine About Baseball
The leading baseball publication of its time, Spalding's Official Baseball Guide, provided comprehensive coverage of the major--and many minor--league teams,including statistics, schedules, rules, photographs, and commentary.
This 1889 edition included an article titled, "The Lessons of the League Campaign of 1888," which pointed out that "star players do not make a winning team" and that "professional baseball playing has arrived at that point of excellence, and reached so advanced a position in regard to is financial possibilities, that . . . the capitalists who have ventured thousands of dollars in baseball stock compnaies can no longer allow their money to be risked in teams which are weakened by the presence of men of drinking habits."