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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. 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. In the 1880s, he took players on the first world tour of baseball.


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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