21 Facts About Albert Spalding


Albert Spalding was born and raised in Byron, Illinois yet graduated from Rockford Central High School in Rockford, Illinois.

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Albert Spalding played major league baseball between 1871 and 1878.

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Albert Spalding later called for the commission that investigated the origins of baseball and falsely credited Abner Doubleday with creating the game.

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Albert Spalding was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939.

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Albert Spalding then coaxed teammates Deacon White, Ross Barnes and Cal McVey, as well as Philadelphia Athletics players Cap Anson and Bob Addy, to sign with Chicago.

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Albert Spalding was "the premier pitcher of the 1870s", leading the league in victories for each of his six full seasons as a professional.

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In 1876, Albert Spalding won 47 games as the prime pitcher for the White Stockings and led them to win the first-ever National League pennant by a wide margin.

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Albert Spalding retired from playing baseball in 1878 at the age of 27, although he continued as president and part owner of the White Stockings and a major influence on the National League.

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In 1905, after Henry Chadwick wrote an article saying that baseball grew from the British sports of cricket and rounders, Albert Spalding called for a commission to find out the real source of baseball.

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In 1876 while Albert Spalding was playing and organizing the league, Albert Spalding and his brother Walter began a sporting goods store in Chicago, which grew rapidly and expanded into a manufacturer and distributor of all kinds of sporting equipment.

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Albert Spalding became "synonymous with sporting goods" and is still a going concern.

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In 1900 Albert Spalding was appointed by President McKinley as the USA's Commissioner at that year's Summer Olympic Games.

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Albert Spalding had been a prominent member of the Theosophical Society under William Quan Judge.

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In 1900, Albert Spalding moved to San Diego with his newly acquired second wife, Elizabeth and became a prominent member and supporter of the Theosophical community Lomaland, which was being developed on Point Loma by Katherine Tingley.

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Albert Spalding built an estate in the Sunset Cliffs area of Point Loma where he lived with Elizabeth for the rest of his life.

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Albert Spalding proposed the project, supervised it on behalf of the city, and paid a portion of the cost out of his own pocket.

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Albert Spalding joined with George Marston and other civic-minded businessmen to purchase the site of the original Presidio of San Diego, which they developed as a historic park and eventually donated to the city of San Diego.

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Albert Spalding helped to organize the 1915 Panama–California Exposition, serving as second vice-president.

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Albert Spalding died of a stroke on September 9,1915, in San Diego, one week after his 66th birthday.

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Albert Spalding was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee in 1939, as one of the first inductees from the 19th century at that summer's opening ceremonies.

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Albert Spalding's nephew, named Albert Spalding, was a renowned violinist.

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