The Spirit of the Times; A Chronicle of the Turf, Agriculture, Field Sports, Literature, and the Stage
William T. Porter
Volume 25, number 13
Spirit of the Times began in 1831 as a weekly devoted to horse literature and southwestern wit, published by an icon of early sports journalism, William Trotter Porter. Reports of a new game called baseball, first played by teams in and around New York City in the mid-1840s, began creeping into its pages in the mid-1850s. This issue contains an unrecorded detailed description of the rules, the first ever in a magazine.