This is the first series of baseball booklets ever issued, published annually between 1860 and 1881. Each number provides instructions on the game, a summary of the previous season, and player averages. Henry Chadwick edited until the series' demise when he left Beadle & Adams to take over as editor of the Spalding Guide.
4 in. x 6 in., 40-100 pages, orange or buff wrappers with black and white illustrations
May 1860-April 1881
This collection brings together all of the handbooks published by Beadle and Adams, which were grouped in advertisements as "Family Hand-Books," "Young People's Hand-Books," and "Hand-Books of Games and Pastimes." The specific grouping varies by advertisement and, unlike other series by the publisher, issues are unnumbered. The numbers given here are taken from Johannsen (1950) and are based on original date of publication.
4 in. x 6 in., usually 100 pages, orange or buff wrappers with black and white illustrations