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1886 “The Sporting News” First Issue

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1886 “The Sporting News” First Issue

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St. Louis was the birthplace of a new sports periodical, in 1886 (March 17th) – The Sporting News. Many weeklies were out there in circulation (i.e. The Sporting Life) but none had the capacity to distribute as broadly. The News was primarily dedicated to baseball. This six-page inaugural covers the upcoming season with a generous portion being about the Chicago White Stockings. Players like Cap Anson, King Kelly, John Clarkson are covered, and Bobby Carruthers is mentioned on the first page. Other notable references include Harry Wright and his Phillies, and the Mets with Buck Ewing, Tim Keefe and Mickey Welch.

The internal pages have editorials on other sports including cycling, sculling and, oddly enough, performance art. Advertising also remained local in it’s infancy with intriguing ads for shoes, guns, baseball masks among others. The overall condition of this complete relic is Excellent with normal age discoloration and quarter-folds, as to be expected. The folds have not damaged the text in any way. The border areas have become brittle with mild chips and minimal tear separations with again, none of the print being obscured. However, it does demand respect in handling due to its delicacy. Also to note, the spine hinges are solid and a small square discoloration is present by the top left border. All in all, this relic pushed sports journalism to a new level of authority and is worthy of being only in the finest of periodical or sports related collections. For further authenticity: The publication was sourced from Phil Regli the author of Beckett: Collector’s Guide to Sports Illustrated & Sports Publications.

1886,Baseball,Cap  Buck Ewing,Harry Wright,John Clarkson,King Kelly,Mickey Welch,Phil Regli,Tim Keefe

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