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796 Athletic & outdoor sports & games

Athletes All

Scribner 1919
Camp, Walter ChaunceyGo to Book
DDC: 796

A book on the elements of training, organizing and playing outdoor games and sports as developed in war training camps.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926


796.3 Ball games

The Book of Football

Century 1910
Camp, Walter ChaunceyGo to Book
DDC: 796.3

“History, technique and strategies of football, by the leading American authority. Examples of remarkable plays are given. illustrated from photographs of games and players.”
– – A.L.A.Catalog 1904 – 1911

Football: the American Intercollegiate Game

Scribner 1911
Davis, Parke Hill Go to Book
DDC: 796.3

“History to 1910, with special attention to the game in America during the past 40 years. Rosters of players, officials, and technical descriptions of 162 important college games played since 1873. The proceedings of intercollegiate conventions, rules adopted, etc., are appended.”
– – A.L.A.Catalog 1904 – 1911

Football and How to Watch It

Little 1924
Haughton, Percy Duncan Go to Book
DDC: 796.3

By emphasizing salient points and eliminating many details the Harvard mentor enables the average spectator to observe and understand more clearly team evolutions, the use of interferers, (who are the real heroes) and the cardinal principles of attack and defense. The photographs of recent games with his descriptive text illuminate typical formations and plays. It is recommended to the high school coach as well as the observer of the game. The first edition was published in 1922 by Jones.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Present-day Golf

Doran 1921
Duncan, George and Darwin, BernardGo to Book
DDC: 796.3

The technical side of the game is covered thoroughly by George Duncan, a professional English golfer and teacher of note. He analyzes by photographs and text the plays of Vardon, Taylor, Braid, Mitchell, Ray, Herd, Mayo and others, with interesting information on the acquiring of technique. Mr. Darwin contributes the history, philosophy and reminiscences of the game.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Bryce’s Canadian Base Ball Guide for 1876

Bryce 1876
Go to Book
DDC: 796.3

title continued: “… “containing constitution and by-laws, playing rules and championship code of the Canadian Association of Base Ball Players adopted at the convention held in Toronto, April 7, 1876. Together with instructions for playing the game; hints on training and club management; duties of umpires, etc. Also brief history of the Canadian championship with some of the notable games played in the dominion during the past two seasons, and other information of interest to Canadian base ball players.”


The Reach: Official American League Baseball Guide for 1914

A.J. Reach 1914
Go to 1914|1892|1900|1920
DDC: 796.3

title continued: “… “An Annual Compendium of Base Ball Records, containing a complete history of the American League’s Campaign, review of all other base ball leagues and associations, official records of the American League and all other players, the official 1914 playing rules, 1914 schedule of the American League and other statistics.”

100 Years of Baseball

Bartholomew House 1950
Allen, LeeGo to Book
DDC: 796.3

title continued: “… “The Intimate and Dramatic Story of Modern Baseball from the Game’s Beginnings up to the Present Day”

Covers baseball history up to about 1950.

For Baseball fiction, see: Grey, Zane, The Short-Stop on Fiction – Novels from Authors G & H,
Mathewson, Christopher, Won in the Ninth on Fiction – Novels from Authors M, N & O, and;
Standish, Burt L., Lefty O’ the Bush on Fiction – Novels from Authors S

Spalding’s Base Ball Guide and Official League Book for 1894

American Sports 1894
Chadwick, Henry, ed.Go to 1894|1876|1907|1916
DDC: 796.3

title continued: “… A Complete Hand Book of the National Game of Base Ball

“… Containing the full official league record for 1893, together with the new code of playing rules as revised by the committee of rules. Attached to which are explanatory notes, giving a correct interpretation of the new rules. A prominent feature of the Guide for 1894 is the complete pitching records of 1893, to which are added special chapters on the batting, fielding and base running of 1893. Together with interesting records of the most noteworthy contests, incidents and occurrences of the eventful season of 1893, occurring in the college arena as well as that of the professional clubs.”

Baseball; Individual Play and Team Play in Detail

Scribner 1915
Clarke, W. J. and Dawson, Fredrick T. Go to Book
DDC: 796.3

Gives the main facts of the game as played in the major leagues, taking up each position separately. Especially valuable for school and college teams. The authors are coaches of the baseball teams of Princeton university.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Touching second; the Science of Baseball 1910

Reilly 1911
Evers, John J., & Fullerton, H. S.Go to Book
DDC: 796.3

“History of ‘baseball, its development into an exact mathematical sport, records of great plays and players, signs and systems used by championship teams, etc. Very readable and interesting.”
– – A.L.A.Catalog 1904 – 1911

The Baseball Cyclopedia

Baseball Magazine Co. 1922
Lanigan, Ernest J.Go to Book
DDC: 796.3

title continued: “… “Comprises a review of Professional Baseball, the history of all Major League Clubs, playing records and unique events, the batting, pitching and base running champions, World’s Series’ statistics and a carefully arranged alphabetical list of the records of more than 3500 Major League ball players, a feature never before attempted in print.”

How to Play Base-Ball

Drexel Biddle 1903
Mack, Connie(Cornelius McGillicuddy)Go to Book
DDC: 796.3

Connie Mack managed the championship team of the Philadelphia Athletics in 1902. There are chapters covering each position, and some for specific skills (i.e. base sliding). There is a history of baseball, from its evolution from the English game of rounders in the 1830s, through the first national association of players in 1858, and the beginning of fully professional baseball in 1868. Contains portraits of a number of stars from the late 19th to the beginning of the 20th century.

Baseball Fever; Early Baseball in Michigan

University of Michigan 2003
Morris, PeterGo to Book
DDC: 796.3

A fairly recent popular history, carefully researched and documented with footnotes, and with a useful bibliography. Especially helpful for Michigan fans is an index of Michigan cities and towns mentioned in the book, on page 387.

America’s National Game

American Sports 1911
Spalding, Albert GoodwillGo to Book
DDC: 796.3

title continued: “… Historic Facts concerning the beginning evolution, development and popularity of Base Ball with personal reminiscences of its vicissitudes, its victories and its votaries”

For Baseball fiction, see: Grey, Zane, The Short-Stop on Fiction – Novels from Authors G & H,
Mathewson, Christopher, Won in the Ninth on Fiction – Novels from Authors M, N & O, and;
Standish, Burt L., Lefty O’ the Bush on Fiction – Novels from Authors S


796.4 Weight lifting, track and field, gymnastics

Reminiscences of an Athlete: Twenty Years on Track and Field

Houghton 1911
Clark, Ellery Harding Go to Book
DDC: 796.4

“Stories of great athletic meets and of the athletes of the author’s own (1889-1010) and earlier times. Suggestions for training are good.”
– – A.L.A.Catalog 1904 – 1911


796.5 Outdoor life

Touring Afoot

Outing 1922
Fordyce, Claude PowellGo to Book
DDC: 796.5

A book covering the whole field of outfit and methods for trips of varying lengths and conditions. It is assumed that the walker will carry equipment.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Book of Camping and Woodcraft; a Guidebook for Those who Travel in the Wilderness

Outing 1906
Kephart, Horace Go to Book
DDC: 796.5

“Genial and well tested advice on equipment, cookery, treatment of injuries, etc., for those who camp or travel in the wilderness.”
– – A.L.A.Catalog 1904 – 1911

Motor Camping

Dodd 1923
Long, John Cuthbert and Long, J. D. Go to Book
DDC: 796.5

This is a complete tabulated list of camping sites, with accommodations afforded, arranged by states. The suggestions as to routes with alphabetical list of highways add to the value of this guide-book for the motor camper. It contains practical, conveniently arranged information on equipment, camps, food and camp health. State rules and regulations for hunting and fishing are included.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

The Book of Woodcraft and Indian Lore

Doubleday 1922
Seton, Ernest Thompson Go to Book
DDC: 796.5

See also: Books on Fishing, Hunting & Shooting

The Open Spaces, Incidents of Nights and Days under the Blue Sky

Scribner 1922
Van Dyke, John CharlesGo to Book
DDC: 796.5

What the author calls “my own trail in the open.” The lover of outdoor life will follow him gladly down the years, beginning back in his boyhood, when he was taken to Minnesota, and will share his pleasure in sleeping out, riding in the open, the cattle ranges, desert journeys, forest and mountain trails crowded with incidents of wild life and beauty.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Camp and Trail

Doubleday 1907
White, Steward Edward Go to Book
DDC: 796.5

“Summary of results of author’s out-of-door experiences in the form of explicit advice to woodsmen and amateur campers. Gives addresses of outfitting firms and manufacturers of supplies.”
– – A.L.A.Catalog 1904 – 1911

See also: Books on Fishing, Hunting & Shooting


796.8 Combat sports

Knuckles and Gloves

Collins; Holt 1923
Lynch, John Gilbert BohunGo to Book
DDC: 796.8

A history of the prize ring by an English college man telling the story of famous prize fights from 1738 to the Carpentier and Cook encounter in London in 1922. His tale has obviously a sordid side, yet more evidently a brutal one.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926


797 Aquatic & air sports

The Small Yacht; its Management and Handling for Racing and Sailing, with Chapters on Construction

Little 1909
Boardman, Edwin AugustusGo to Book
DDC: 797

“Design and construction of a racing yacht and its handling during a race are discussed in very practical chapters, written from the experience of a successful amateur yachtsman.”
– – A.L.A.Catalog 1904 – 1911


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