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1867 Wilkes' Spirit of the Times Bound Volumes (January to June) with Candy Cummings, Dickey Pearce, Other Top Players Mentioned, Games Covered
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $1,080
Bound volume of Wilkes' Spirit of the Times newspapers, comprised of a complete run from January 5, 1867, to June 29, 1867 (twenty-six issues total). Wilkes' Spirit of the Times, which billed itself as "A Chronicle of the Turf, Field Sports, and the Stage," was a weekly New York publication that catered to the upper-class sportsmen of the day. While it covered numerous subjects in its pages, including horse racing, chess, billiards, the theater, and aquatic sports, it is the paper's baseball coverage that makes it extremely important to historians today. Even though the offered run begins in January, nearly every issue includes some mention of baseball, including coverage of a Christmas-day game between two local clubs in Burlington, Vermont, as well as baseball games played on ice in New York (the paper notes that "The Winter of 1866 and '67 has been one in which more ball-playing has taken place on ice than ever before"). As the spring and summer unfold, naturally, the baseball coverage becomes ever more expansive, including the publishing of the official rules and regulations of the game, as amended by the National Association on December 19, 1866 (published in the May 11th issue). Nearly all of the top clubs from around the country are mentioned in various issues and complete coverage is provided for many of the local contests. Notable mentions include the Brooklyn Excelsior's first match game of the year against the Independent BBC (June 22nd issue), where a young Candy Cummings is listed as pitcher for the Excelsiors, and the first meeting of the year between the powerful Atlantics, (with Dickey Pearce in the lineup) and the Eckfords at the Union Ball Grounds (June 29th issue). This newspaper has always been considered a treasure trove of information for baseball historians and these bound volumes are no exception. A few of the pages display toning and most are affected by light foxing; otherwise, the papers are in Excellent condition overall. Twenty-six issues and 468 pages total. Reserve $200. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $1,080
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