Sporting-good magnate Albert G. Spalding was quite the baseball aficionado, and during his life he managed to collect hundreds of photographs, prints, drawings, and printed illustrations related to baseball and other popular American pastimes. Of course, Spalding was quite the ball player, as he played for the National Association's Boston franchise and continued to make his mark with the Chicago White-Stockings. This collection was created by the New York Public Library's Digital Gallery initiative, and visitors can browse around via the "Collection Contents" link or they can also use the search engine to locate specific items of ephemera. Some of the highlights here include photographs of Spalding and his colleagues and rare images of "Town Ball" and "Old Cat" which were stick and ball games that existed as variations on the English game of "Rounders".
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