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Al Spalding

  • American athlete
  • Born September 2, 1850
  • Died September 9, 1915

Albert Goodwill Spalding (September 2, 1849 – September 9, 1915) was an American pitcher, manager, and executive in the early years of professional baseball, and the co-founder of A.G. Spalding sporting goods company. He was born and raised in Byron, Illinois yet graduated from Rockford Central High School in Rockford, Illinois. He played major league baseball between 1871 and 1878. Spalding set a trend when he started wearing a baseball glove. After his retirement as a player, Spalding remained active with the Chicago White Stockings as president and part-owner.


Two hours is about as long as any American can wait for the close of a baseball game, or anything else for that matter.




The genius of our institutions is democratic - baseball is a democratic game.




I was not able to understand how it could be right to pay an actor, or a singer, or an instrumentalist for entertaining the public and wrong to pay a ball player for doing exactly the same thing.




Baseball is a man maker.




Baseball gives a growing boy self poise and self reliance.



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