|Spalding's Soccer Foot Ball Guide
(Southern Illinois University Edwardsville)
A member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Albert Goodwell Spalding is remembered as "the premier pitcher of the 1870s and an organizational genius during baseball's formative years." A. G. Spalding played professional baseball with the Boston Red Stockings and the Chicago White Stockings. In 1876, Spalding founded what would become an iconic sporting goods business in Chicago and pitched 47 victories for the Chicago White Stockings of the NL. Spalding's company standardized early baseballs and developed the modern baseball bat.
In addition to manufacturing and selling sports equipment, the Spalding firm produced a memorable series of sports-themed publications. A digitized collection of Spalding Base Ball Guides, 1889-1939 has been created by the American Memory program at the U. S. Library of Congress. Spalding died in 1915. His widow donated his personal collection of baseball materials to the New York Public Library in 1921. "America's National Game": The Albert G. Spalding Collection of Early Baseball Photographs contains digitized images from this remarkable assemblage of materials.
The Henry D. "Hap" Meyer Collection of soccer materials was donated to the Louisa H. Bowen University Archives and Special Collections, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, in 1974 by Meyer's daughter, Mary L. Depen. A life-long St. Louis resident, Henry D. Meyer was born on February 23, 1889 and died on October 14, 1974. Hap Meyer fell in love with the game of soccer as a young player and retained his passionate interest in the evolution and history of the sport throughout his life. He became an avid collector of soccer literature and documentation.
Thomas W. Cahill, editor
An essential and significant portion of Meyer's collection consists of materials that he had obtained from the man who is often referred to as "The Father of American Soccer," Thomas W. Cahill. Among the materials originally owned by Thomas W. Cahill and collected by Hap Meyer are one of the most complete sets of Spalding Soccer Football Guides covering the first decades of the twentieth century to be found in any repository. Thomas W. Cahill edited several of these volumes. In addition to the Hap Meyer Collection of soccer resources, the Bowen Archives holds the papers of soccer enthusiast Prudencio "Pete" Garcia (1899-1984) of St. Louis and storied SIUE men's soccer team coaches Robert Guelker and Edward Huneke.
American soccer historian David Wangerin conducted extensive path-breaking research in the Hap Meyer Collection while preparing two of his excellent books: Soccer in a Football World: The Story of America's Forgotten Game and Distant Corners: American Soccer's History of Missed Opportunities and Lost Causes. We sincerely mourn David Wangerin's untimely death in June 2012.
This digital collection was created by Lovejoy Library in 2012. The Project Director was Stephen Kerber, who also wrote the home page text. The original materials are preserved in the Louisa H. Bowen University Archives and Special Collections of Lovejoy Library.