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Chadwick's American Baseball Manual

The growth of baseball in the years following the Civil War was given added impetus by the rise of cheap, mass-produced books. Publishers helped standardize the rules and regulations of the sport by issuing playing guides and yearbooks that traveled from the large cities to the smallest hamlets. British-born Henry Chadwick, whose manuals enjoyed great popularity, even made an unsuccessful attempt to spread baseball to Europe.


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