Long before there was an internet, sabermetrics and myriad other information age online resources, reporters, scouts, coaches and other baseball personnel turned to guide books for reliable source material. Two of these mainstay publications are the "Red" and "Blue" books, represented here with (31) different 1932-1964 editions. Many are bound copies with well-preserved pages, though the binding covers show minor to considerable wear, with a condition range of (FR to EX) and most VG to EX.
What is now the “Book of Baseball Records” (1972-present) has undergone several name changes since it was first published in 1908 as “Spalding’s Official Baseball Record” (1908-1924). What concerns us here is the 1926-1971 period when this informative annual guide went by the title “Little Red Book”. Included are (16) editions (all but one bound with red cloth covers) with: 1937, 1938 not bound, has label of front cover indicating it came from the press room at Crosley Field, 1939, 1940, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964
Filled with directories, rules and schedules, the Blue Book was an essential resource to teams at all levels of play. Most of the earliest issues in this lot have notations written inside the front cover indicating they were from the office of the St. Louis Cardinals. Included are (15) editions with: (7) bound: (2) with blue cloth binding: 1942, 1946; (3) ring binders: 1956, 1959, 1960; (2) with completely split spiral bindings and loose pages: 1962, 1963; and (8) with regular covers: 1932, 1933, 1935, 1938, 1941, 1945, 1948, 1961
Also present is a 1956 Spalding Official Baseball Guide (GD-VG)