Al Spalding

Al Spalding

OF, P, 1B, SS, 2B, 3B
September 2, 1850
6' 1"
170 lbs
Major League Debut:
5-05-1871 with BS1
Hall of Fame:

Al Spalding

First a top-notch pitcher, then a successful manager, and later the president of the Chicago White Stockings, Albert Goodwill Spalding helped establish baseball as America's Pastime. In 1877, while still in uniform as one of baseball's best pitchers, he formed A.G. Spalding & Bros., a sporting goods manufacturer. Quickly, through his own innovative licensing plan, the National League was using the Spalding baseball exclusively. Later he launched Spalding's Official Baseball Guide, which helped revolutionize the way the game was covered and preserved the official statistics for posterity. In 1905, his dogged determination resulted in the creation of the commission that reported that baseball had been invented in Cooperstown, preserving his contention that the game was Red, White and Blue in origin.

Quotes About Al Spalding

"Next to Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, the name A.G. Spalding is the most famous in American literature." - Boston Herald Editorial (1880)

"His face is that of a Greek hero, his manner that of a Church of England Bishop... and he is the father of the greatest sport the world has ever known." — New York Times, 1899

Quotes from Spalding

"Baseball gives a growing boy self poise and self reliance."

"Baseball is a man maker."

"Baseball is the exponent of American Courage, Confidence, Combativeness, American Dash, Discipline, Determination, American Energy, Eagerness, Enthusiasm, American Pluck, Persistency, Performance, American Spirit, Sagacity, Success, American Vim, Vigor, Virility."

"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."

"No human mind may measure the blessings conferred by the game of base ball on the soldiers of the Civil War. It had its earliest evolution when soldiers, North and South, were striving to forget their foes by cultivating, through this grand game, fraternal friendships with comrades in arms."

"Professional baseball is on the wane. Salaries must come down or the interest of the public must be increased in some way."

"The genius of our institutions is democratic - Base Ball is a democratic game."

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

Teams Al Spalding Managed

Chicago Cubs (1876-1877)

Notable Achievements

    * NA At Bats Leader (1874)
    * NA Singles Leader (1874)
    * 2-time NA ERA Leader (1872 & 1875)
    * 6-time League Wins Leader (1871-1875/NA & 1876/NL)
    * 4-time League Winning Percentage Leader (1873-1875/NA & 1876/NL)
    * 3-time NA Games Pitched Leader (1873-1875)
    * 2-time NA Saves Leader (1873 & 1875)
    * 2-time NA Innings Pitched Leader (1874 & 1874)
    * NA Complete Games Leader (1874)
    * 4-time NA Shutouts Leader (1871, 1872, 1874 & 1875)
    * 20 Wins Seasons: 5 (1872-1876)
    * 30 Wins Seasons: 5 (1872-1876)
    * 40 Wins Seasons: 4 (1873-1876)
    * 50 Wins Seasons: 2 (1874 & 1875)
    * 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 6 (1871-1876)
    * 300 Innings Pitched Seasons: 5 (1872-1876)
    * 400 Innings Pitched Seasons: 5 (1872-1876)
    * 500 Innings Pitched Seasons: 3 (1874-1876)
    * 600 Innings Pitched Seasons: 1 (1874)
    * NL Pennants: 1 (1876)
    * Baseball Hall of Fame: Class of 1939

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