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Albert Goodwill Spalding
AG Spalding
Spalding the businessman at 60, 1910
Born: September 2, 1849
Byron, Illinois
Died: September 9, 1915(1915-09-09) (aged 66)
San Diego, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
May 5, 1871, for the Boston Red Stockings
Last appearance
August 31, 1878, for the Chicago White Stockings
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 252–65
Earned run average 2.14
Strikeouts 248
Batting average .313
Hits 613
Runs batted in 338
  National Association of Base Ball Players
Rockford Forest Citys (1866–1870)
  League Player
Boston Red Stockings (1871–1875)
Chicago White Stockings (1876–1878)
  League Manager
Chicago White Stockings (1876–1877)
Career highlights and awards
  • National Association pennant: 1872–1875
  • National League pennant: 1876
  • 6× Wins leader (1871–1876)
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Induction 1939
Election Method Veterans Committee
1871 Albert Spalding Baseball-card-Boston Red Stockings
Albert Spalding on a 1871 Boston Red Stockings baseball card.

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. In the 1880s, he took players on the first world tour of baseball. With William Hulbert, Spalding organized the National League. He later called for the commission that investigated the origins of baseball and credited Abner Doubleday with creating the game. He also wrote the first set of official baseball rules.

He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939.

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