This Date in Baseball | The Kansas City Star

May 4 1869 — Henry Chadwick published his first annual baseball handbook. The book eventually evolved into Spalding’s Official Baseball Guide. 1869 — The Cincinnati Red Stockings, the first all-professional team, played its first regular season game and beat the Great Westerns of Cincinnati 45-9. 1871 — The Fort Wayne Kekiongas beat the Cleveland Forest …

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