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1883 Sporting Life #1 - Only Known Copy in Private Hands

1883 Sporting Life #1 - Only Known Copy in Private Hands

This is the only known copy in private hands. The coming of baseball in America, this is the first important baseball newspaper. Edited by Francis Richter, who played a key role in the early development of the game of baseball, it pre-dated its main competitor The Sporting News by three years. Henry Chadwick, the "Father of Baseball", was a regular contributor. The issue leads off with "Phills Win" headline. A brilliantly written story, it must have been busting out of Richter and fellows for years waiting to write this one: "Yesterday was a memorable day in baseball annals in this city, the occasion being the meeting of the Athletic and Philadelphia clubs this season. It originally came out of a bound volume from an important source which will be revealed to the buyer. Repaired spine otherwise very good.

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