America's National Game
is a book by Albert Spalding
, published in 1911
detailing the early history of the sport of baseball
. Much of the story is told first-hand, since Spalding had been involved in the game, first as a player and later an administrator, since the 1850s. In addition to his personal recollections, he had access to the records of Henry Chadwick
, the game's first statistician
and archivist. Spalding was, however, known to aggrandise his role in the major moments in baseball's history.