Baseball tourists at the Sphinx

P. Sebah1889-02-09

National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
Cooperstown, United States

Spalding American base ball party. Chicago vs All America at the Sphinx. Febr. 9_1889.

Group of baseball players, writers, guides, and porters posed on and around the Sphinx. The Sphinx was one of many stops on a six-month world tour of American baseball players sponsored by sporting goods magnate Albert Spalding in 1888 & 1889 to promote baseball and his business.

Photograph includes American baseball players: Tom Brown (Boston), Fred Carroll (Pittsburgh), Ed Crane (New York), Tom Daly (Chicago), Billy Earle (Kansas City), Ned Hanlon (Detroit), John Healy (Indianapolis), Jimmy Manning (Kansas City), Bob Pettit (Chicago), Jimmy Ryan (Chicago), John M. Ward (New York), and Ned Williamson (Chicago) & his wife. Also depicts Albert G. Spalding and his mother Harriet Spalding; Leigh Lynch (tour manager) & his wife Anna Theresa Berger Lynch; and several writers who traveled with the players including Simon Goodfriend (sports writer for the New York World), Newton MacMillan (reporter for the Chicago Tribune), and Harry Palmer (sports writer and author of Athletic Sports in America).

Reproduced in Harry Clay Palmer's Athletic Sports in America, England and Australia (Philadelphia ... : Hubbard Brothers, publishers, c1889) p. 331 with the caption "The sphinx in lively company."


  • Title: Baseball tourists at the Sphinx
  • Creator: P. Sebah
  • Date: 1889-02-09
  • Location: Egypt
  • Quote: Excerpt from Sporting Life, February 20, 1889, page 4: "After being photographed in front of the Sphinx the party proceeded to play a game of base ball in the shifting sand at the base of the pyramid of Cheops."
  • Contributor: National Baseball Hall of Fame Museum and Library
  • External Link: ABNER: National Baseball Hall of Fame's online catalog

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