Joyce Sports Research Collection: Baseball
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What follows is a guide to some of the more significant baseball related materials held in the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Hesburgh Libraries of Notre Dame. It does not include baseball materials held elsewhere in the Hesburgh Libraries, or in Notre Dame's University Archives. Its purpose is to provide researchers with a convenient overview of Special Collections' resources in this subject area; it does not aspire to be comprehensive. Items listed in these finding aids do not circulate; they may be requested and consulted in the Department of Special Collections, 102 Hesburgh Library, from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. weekdays. Researchers interested in materials specifically pertaining to baseball at Notre Dame should contact University Archives, 607 Hesburgh Library (email email@example.com).
Title or collection descriptions on this page are linked to records, inventories, and other appropriate types of finding aid. The dates that follow many of the annual and periodical titles on this page indicate the span of years a given title was published; available holdings are indicated in the linked finding aid. Questions concerning the materials on the page may be directed to the curator of the Joyce Sports Research Collection, George Rugg (email firstname.lastname@example.org; phone 574-631-6506).
The Department's Rare Book Collections include all the Libraries' earlier and scarcer sports related titles, including those with a bearing on baseball. These may be searched in ALEPH, the Hesburgh Libraries' online catalog.
Annuals -- guide format
Holdings of the Spalding (1876-1939), Reach (1883-1939), Spalding-Reach (1940-41) and Sporting News (1908- ) annual guides. Historically, the guides have sought to provide a narrative and statistical chronicle of the previous year's events in professional baseball though the Spalding and Reach books generally include some treatment of amateur and semi-pro ball as well. From 1883 to 1891 coverage of the two major leagues was largely divided between Reach (American Association) and Spalding (National League); a similar situation obtained nominally after 1900, with the Reach billing itself as the official guide of the new American League, but the emphasis in coverage is not that marked. Given the frequently excellent editorial content of the guides, they are a convenient source for obtaining a good contemporary overview of a given season.
Holdings of such annual record books as Spalding's Official Base Ball Record (1908-24) and its successor, the Little Red Book of Baseball (1926-32; 1934-71); and the variously titled Sporting News annual record books (1942, 1948- ).
Holdings of Who's Who in Baseball (1912, 1916-); Who's Who in the Major Leagues (1933, 1935-52); and the Sporting News Baseball Register (1940- ). These annuals all emphasize biographical and statistical information on contemporary major leaguers.
Holdings of various annuals emphasizing instructional material. Among these are Hillerich and Bradsby's Famous Slugger Year Book and the extensive Spalding's Athletic Library series, including How to Play Base Ball (1903-35), How to Play First Base (1905-20), How to Play Second Base (1905-20), How to Play Third Base (1905-20), How to Play Short Stop (1905-20), How to Play the Infield and How to Play the Outfield (1905-40), How to Pitch (1905-40), How to Catch (1905-35), How to Run Bases (1905-35), How to Bat (1905-40), How to Umpire (1905-40), How to Organize a League (1919-36), How to Score a Base Ball Game (1911-20), and Official Indoor Base Ball Guide.
Holdings of the Whitman/Dell Major League Baseball (1937-39, 1941-53), an annual notable for its inclusion of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in its 1945 to 1948 editions.
Annuals -- magazine format
A collection of magazine format annuals devoted to professional baseball in the United States. Most titles are included on a single finding aid (Baseball -- Magazine Format Annuals -- Miscellaneous Titles), with issues grouped by season. Street and Smith's Baseball Yearbook (1941- ) has its own specific finding aid.
Baseball Magazine (1908-57, 1964-65). The premier baseball monthly of the first half of the century. Strong holdings from 1922.
Baseball Digest (1942- ). Strong holdings of this baseball monthly from the 1940s into the 1990s.
Yearbooks and media guides
Programs and scorecards
A collection of over 2400 major league baseball regular season and exhibition game programs and scorecards. Most of the programs in the collection date from the decades of the 1930s, 40s, 50s, and 60s; examples from the first two decades of the 20th century number no more than a half dozen. There are seven examples from the 19th century: see the holdings for Boston Braves NL; Chicago Cubs NL; Brooklyn Dodgers NL; Philadelphia Phillies NL; Providence Grays NL; and Brooklyn of the American Association (1882-1891). Finding aids to home game programs for all franchises may be accessed by clicking on the links below:
- Los Angeles Angels / California Angels / Anaheim Angels AL (126)
- St. Louis Browns / Baltimore Orioles AL (95)
- Boston Red Sox AL (126)
- Chicago White Sox AL (179)
- Cleveland Indians AL (154)
- Detroit Tigers AL (96)
- Kansas City Royals AL (2)
- Seattle Pilots / Milwaukee Brewers AL (8)
- Washington Senators (1901-60) / Minnesota Twins AL (56)
- New York Yankees AL (179)
- Philadelphia Athletics / Kansas City Athletics / Oakland Athletic sAL (118)
- Washington Senators (1961-71) / Texas Rangers AL (39)
- Toronto Blue Jays AL (1)
- Boston Braves / Milwaukee Braves / Atlanta Braves NL (159)
- Chicago Cubs NL (204)
- Cincinnati Reds NL (76)
- Houston Colt .45s / Houston Astros NL (61)
- Brooklyn Dodgers / Los Angeles Dodgers NL (211)
- Montreal Expos NL (1)
- New York Mets NL (49)
- Philadelphia Phillies NL (116)
- Pittsburgh Pirates NL (87)
- Providence Grays NL (1)
- St. Louis Cardinals NL (99)
- San Diego Padres NL (11)
- New York Giants / San Francisco Giants NL (168)
- Brooklyn Bridegrooms (American Association) (1)
A group of 90 World Series programs, spanning the years 1917 to 2010.
A group of 26 major league All-Star Game programs, from 1937 to 1986.
A collection of approximately 2300 minor league baseball programs and scorecards. Programs issued by clubs from all levels of organized baseball, and from all parts of the United States, are included; teams from the Pacific Coast League are especially well represented. The programs date mostly from the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, though items ranging in date from the 1890s to the 2000s are included. Finding aids to home game programs for all franchises represented in the collection are currently available, and may be accessed by clicking on the links below. Teams are listed alphabetically, by home city.
- Aberdeen SD to Butte MT
- Caldwell ID to Durham NC
- Elmira NY to Huron SD
- Idaho Falls ID to Knoxville TN
- Lakeland FL to Norwich CT
- Oakland CA to Pulaski VA
- Quad City IA to Roswell NM
- Sacramento CA to Syracuse NY
- Tacoma WA to York PA
- Oversize (Altoona PA - Tacoma WA)
A small collection of earlier college programs and scorecards; most are from eastern schools and date from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
A collection of sixty-four autographed baseballs, 1914-1996. Included are team-signed, group-signed, and single-signature balls; signatures of close to fifty Hall of Famers are represented. An illustrated on-line catalog of this collection has recently been added to this website. Gifts of John J. Evers, Jr; Emmit Jennings; Mike Ravine.
A collection of materials on the All-American Girls Baseball League, a women's professional league active in the Midwest from 1943 to 1954. The greater part of the collection consists of records preserved by Dr. Harold T. Dailey (1894-1971), a South Bend, Indiana oral surgeon who served the league’s South Bend Blue Sox franchise in various executive capacities. Much of the Dailey material is included in a set of ten loose-leaf notebooks totaling over 1100 leaves; these were apparently intended as a documentary history of the league, and perhaps as source material for a narrative history Dailey never found time to write. Included are minutes of the meetings of the AAGBBL Board of Directors, financial information, and player information and statistics, as well as correspondence, newspaper clippings, printed ephemera, and photographs. Notebooks are arranged chronologically, and cover the full span of the league's history, with an emphasis on the South Bend franchise. The AAGBBL Collection also incorporates other components, including papers of league manager D. C. “Chet” Grant; several groups of player questionnaires; and league-related printed matter. MSSP 0014‑1‑B to MSSP 0014‑255‑0.
A collection of 120 open reel audio tapes, most about forty-five minutes, of interviews conducted by Lawrence S. Ritter for his seminal oral history The Glory of Their Times (1966). From 1963 to 1965 Ritter sought out and interviewed players of the 1900-1930 era, editing the resulting tapes into one of the most entertaining and significant of all baseball books. These tapes are copies of the originals, which are now in Cooperstown. Gift of Lawrence S. Ritter.
An accumulation of scrapbooks on American baseball. These consist almost entirely of newspaper clippings from local dailies and sporting weeklies; content includes both off-field developments and game accounts and box scores, with a general emphasis on the professional game at its most elite level. Dates vary, but the greatest emphasis is on the years 1870-1885. Many of the scrapbooks are held only in microform, while in other cases only the paper originals are held.
Research notes and other materials accumulated by Marshall Smelser while writing his 1975 biography of Babe Ruth, The Life That Ruth Built. Included are 1) a file of approximately 1500 index cards, chronologically arranged, indicating the news and feature stories on Ruth that appeared in The New York Times, 1914-1969; 2) a file of approximately 6500 index cards of facts and observations pertaining to Ruth, with sources, arranged by chapter (i. e., in the sequence in which the relevant material appeared in the book); 3) a collection of 74 photographs relating to Ruth, most of which appeared in the book. Smelser was a long-time professor of history at the University of Notre Dame.
A collection of materials on the Pete Rose gambling investigation of 1989. These materials, consisting primarily of photocopies of documents and clippings, were assembled in 1989 by journalist Jim Newton of the Fort Hamilton (OH) Press, and acquired by the University Libraries in 1990. Included are copies of the Dowd Report (Major League Baseball's investigation into Rose's activities) with its many attendant volumes of exhibits; legal documents pertaining to the Rose affair; and newspaper clippings tracking the case from March to September, 1989.
A small collection of books, scrapbooks, photographs, and personal effects belonging to Hall of Fame second baseman Johnny Evers (1883-1947). Much of the material relates to the exhibition series played in Europe in 1924 by the New York Giants and Chicago White Sox, a series in which Evers participated as White Sox manager. Gift of John J. Evers, Jr.