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The Sporting News Baseball Guide

From BR Bullpen

The Sporting News Baseball Guide was published every year from 1942 to 2006. Published by The Sporting News, it was baseball's official record in its first year, but lost the "official" designation due to a falling-out between Sporting News owner J.G. Taylor Spink and Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis. Spink continued to publish his guide, competing with the Commissioner's Guide (1943 Baseball) and Official Baseball. In 1947, after Landis's death, the Sporting News Guide regained the "official" tag and was the sole and undisputed almanac for professional baseball statistics for four decades.

It remained the sole provider of such information until the late 1980s, when Baseball America published its annual Statistics Report and then Almanac.


  • The Baseball Research Handbook, SABR, first published 1987