Item #29193 Walter Camp's Book of College Sports. Baseball Football, Walter Camp.
Walter Camp's Book of College Sports

Walter Camp on Football, Baseball, Rowing and Track

Walter Camp's Book of College Sports.

New York: The Century Company, 1893.

Illustrated with photographs and wood engravings. 1 vols. 8vo. Walter Camp on Football, Baseball, Rowing and Track. Original tan cloth, titled in red, with emblematic gilt device on both covers, t.e.g., spine darkened, and some cover soiling, one signature starting, else very good Item #29193

Deals with Track, Rowing, Football and Baseball, with an appendix of rules, contracts, and constitutions. The section on football reviews the history of the game in America, the development of the various team positions, what constitutes fair tackling (“They must not, however, throttle or choke [the runner], nor can players use the closed fist”), 13 diagrams illustrating different plays, responsibilities of the coach, and details concerning kicking, catching, and passing. Baseball is divided into two sections: for the spectator, covering what to look for at a game, and for the player, covering what to wear, how to play the various positions, and useful strategies to employ. Much of Camp's advice has a vintage charm (“The first baseman and catcher should each wear gloves to protect the hands”), much of it still highly applicable today, and all of it is interesting.

Camp (1859-1925) was a prominent athlete at Yale, and later its athletic director; he was known as the Father of American Football for his leading part in the game and in evolving the rules which govern it.

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