Founded in 1886, The Sporting News (TSN) was nicknamed "The Bible of Baseball." Based in St. Louis Missouri, The Sporting News played a central role in distributing information about baseball for over 100 years.

By the 1970s, TSN expanded to include other sports to expand their readership, however, other publications cut into their market share. Consequently, TSN went through a series of owners, and in 2007 moved from St. Louis to Charlotte, North Carolina.

After being in storage for many years, in 2020, the bulk of TSN's research library and archives returned to the St. Louis region to become part of the Mary Ambler Archives at Lindenwood University.

The Sporting News Collection includes the Spink Family papers; baseball statistics compiled by Leonard Gettleson; approximately 20,000 clippings files on players from baseball, football, basketball, and hockey; and approximately 10,000 books on sports topics.


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Items from The Sporting News Collection

The Spink Papers

The Sporting News Photos Inserts, 1909-1912

TSN Clippings Files

Tweed Webb Collection