Beadle's Dime Base-Ball Player

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Beadle's Dime Base-Ball Player was one of a large number of "Dime books" published in the 19th century by Beadle & Co. Edited by Henry Chadwick, it is recognized as the earliest set of Baseball guides, having been published from 1860 to 1881. Giving a recap of the best teams and players of the previous season, it began publishing players' averages (mostly runs per game in the beginning) with the 1861 guide. It ceased publication after 1881 when Chadwick, who also edited the rival DeWitt's Base-Ball Guide, was hired as editor of the Spalding Guide

Northern Illinois University has images [1] of a variety of the covers, while Sullivan Press [2] publishes a reproduction of the first guide, which is available for sale from the Hall of Fame.