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EVOLUTION OF BASEBALL EQUIPMENT (CONTINUED)

July 06 2015 / By: X Bats

19TH CENTURY BASEBALL MAKERS, MANUFACTURERS & RETAILERS (CONTINUED)

A.G. Spalding & Bros. - 1876 - 1978

Factory in Hastings, MI

  • 1876 - 1880: 118 Randolph Street, Chicago, IL
  • 1881- 1884 Address:
  • 108 Madison Street, Chicago, IL
  • 1885 Addresses: 
  • 108 Madison Street, Chicago, IL, 241 Broadway, New York
  • 1890 Addresses:
  • 108 Madison Street, Chicago, IL, 241 Broadway, New York
  • 1022 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA., 38 Holborn Viaduct, London
  • 1890 Addresses:
  • 108 Madison Street, Chicago, IL, 241 & 243 Broadway, New York
  • 1032 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA., Englewood, IL
  • 1895 Addresses:
  • 126 - 130 Nassau Street, New York
  • 147 - 149 Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL
  • 1216 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1897: Added a location in Washington

References:

The Spalding League ball and then renamed the Official League Ball

  • Official ball of the National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs - 1878-1891, 1900
  • Official ball of the National League and American Association of Professional Base Ball Clubs - 1892-1899
  • Official ball of the Northwestern League - 1883-1887
  • Official ball of the American College Association - 1884-1888
  • Official ball of the Western League - 1884-1887
  • Official ball of the Oil and Iron League - 1884
  • Official ball of the Western College Association - 1884-1885
  • Official ball of the Louisiana State Association - 1884
  • Official ball of the New England League - 1885-1888
  • Official ball of the New York State League - 1885
  • Official ball of the Northwestern College Association - 1886-1888
  • Official ball of the New York Inter-State College Association - 1886-1888
  • Official ball of the International League - 1886-1888
  • Official ball of the Eastern League - 1886-1888
  • Official ball of the Western Association - 1888
  • Official ball of the Ohio League - 1888
  • Official ball of the Central League - 1888

SPALDING BASEBALL MODELS

1876-1877

  • Spalding League Ball
  • Spalding Professional Dead Ball
  • Spalding Amateur Dead Ball

1878-1879

  • Spalding's League Ball
  • Spalding's Professional Dead Ball - Red or White
  • Spalding's Amateur Dead Ball - Red or White
  • Spalding's American Club
  • Spalding's King of the Diamond
  • Spalding's Grand Duke
  • Spalding's Boy's Favorite
  • Spalding's Eurekas
  • Spalding's Rattler
  • Spalding's The Boss
  • Spalding's Nickel Ball

1880-82

  • Spalding's Official League Ball
  • Spalding's Professional Dead Ball - Red or White
  • Spalding's Amateur Dead Ball - Red or White
  • Spalding's American Club
  • Spalding's King of the Diamond
  • Spalding's Grand Duke
  • Spalding's Boy's Favorite
  • Spalding's Eurekas
  • Spalding's Rattler
  • Spalding's The Boss
  • Spalding's Nickel Ball

1883

  • Spalding's Official League Ball
  • Spalding's Professional Dead Ball - Red or White
  • Spalding's Amateur Dead Ball - Red or White
  • Spalding's American Club, White.
  • Spalding's King of the Diamond, White.
  • Spalding's Grand Duke, White.
  • Spalding's Boy's Favorite, White.
  • Spalding's Eureka, White.
  • Spalding's Rattler, White.
  • Spalding's The Boss, White.
  • Spalding's Nickel Ball

1884

  • Spalding's Official League Ball

1885

  • Spalding's Official League Ball
  • Spalding's Association Ball (The Reach American Association Ball with A.G. Spalding Bros. stamp)
  • Spalding's Professional Dead Ball, white (Cover made of selected horsehide)
  • Spalding's Professional Dead Ball, red (Cover made of selected horsehide)
  • Spalding's Amateur Dead Ball, white (Horsehide cover)
  • Spalding's Amateur Dead Ball, red (Horsehide cover)
  • Spalding's Amateur Lively Ball, white (Horsehide cover)
  • Spalding's American Club, white. (Horsehide cover)
  • Spalding's King of the Diamond, white. (Horsehide cover, regulation size and weight)
  • Spalding's Grand Duke, white. (Horsehide cover, regulation size and weight)
  • Spalding's Boy's Favorite, white. (Regulation size and weight)
  • Spalding's Eureka, white. (Slightly under regulation size and weight)
  • Spalding's Rattler, white. (Size 8 5/8 inches, weight 4½ oz.)
  • Spalding's Nickel Ball, white (Size 7½ inches, weight 3 oz.)

1886

  • Spalding's Official League Ball
  • Spalding's Association Ball (The Reach American Association Ball with A.G. Spalding Bros. stamp)
  • Spalding's Boys' League Ball (Slightly smaller than the Official League Ball)
  • Spalding's Professional Dead Ball, white (Cover made of selected horsehide)
  • Spalding's Amateur Dead Ball, white (Horsehide cover)
  • Spalding's Amateur Dead Ball, red (Horsehide cover, white label)
  • Spalding's Amateur Lively Ball, White (Horsehide cover)
  • Spalding's King of the Diamond, white. (Horsehide cover, regulation size and weight)
  • Spalding's Boy's Favorite, white. (Horsehide cover, regulation size and weight)
  • Spalding's Rattler, white. (Size 8 5/8 inches, weight 4½ oz)
  • Spalding's Eureka, white. (Regulation size and weight)
  • Spalding's Boss Ball (Size 7½ inches, weight 3 oz.)

1887

  • Spalding's Official League Ball
  • Spalding's Association Ball (The Reach American Association Ball with A.G. Spalding Bros. stamp)
  • Spalding's Boys' League Ball (Slightly smaller than the Official League Ball)
  • Spalding's Professional Dead Ball, white (Cover made of selected horsehide)
  • Spalding's Amateur Dead Ball, white (Horsehide cover)
  • Spalding's Amateur Dead Ball, red (Horsehide cover, white label)
  • Spalding's King of the Diamond, white. (Horsehide cover, regulation size and weight)
  • Spalding's Boy's Favorite, white. (Horsehide cover, regulation size and weight)
  • Spalding's Junior League, white. (Slightly under regulation size)
  • Spalding's Eureka, white. (Regulation size and weight)
  • Spalding's Rattler, white. (Size 8 5/8 inches, weight 4½ oz)

1888

  • Spalding's Official League Ball
  • Spalding's Boys' League Ball (Slightly smaller than the Official League Ball)
  • Spalding's Association Ball (The Reach American Association Ball with A.G. Spalding Bros. stamp)
  • Spalding's Professional Dead Ball, white
  • Spalding's Amateur Dead Ball, White (Warranted horsehide cover)
  • Spalding's Amateur Dead Ball, Red (Warranted horsehide cover)
  • Spalding's Amateur Lively Ball, White (Horsehide cover, introduced in 1886)
  • Spalding's King of the Diamond Ball (Horsehide cover, regulation size and weight)
  • Spalding's Boys' Professional Ball, White (Similar to Spalding's Professional Dead Ball)
  • Spalding's Boys' Favorite (Horsehide cover, regulation size and weight)
  • Spalding's League Junior (Slightly under regulation size)
  • Spalding's Eureka, White. (Regulation size and weight)
  • Spalding's Rattler Ball, White. (Size 8 5/8 inches, weight 4½ oz)
  • Spalding's Boys' Dead
  • Spalding's Boss Ball (Size 7½ inches, weight 3 oz.)

1889

  • Spalding's League Ball
  • Spalding's Association Ball
  • Spalding's Boy's League Ball
  • Spalding's Professional Dead Ball, white
  • Spalding's Professional Dead Ball, red
  • Spalding's Amateur Lively Ball
  • Spalding's King of the Diamond Ball (Horsehide cover, regulation size and weight)
  • Spalding's Boys' Professional Ball (Horsehide cover, slightly smaller than the Official League Ball)
  • Spalding's Boys' Favorite (Horsehide cover, regulation size and weight)
  • Spalding's League Junior (Horsehide cover, slightly under regulation size)
  • Spalding's Eureka, white. (Regulation size and weight)
  • Spalding's Rattler, white. (Nearly regulation size)
  • Spalding's Boys' Dead (8-inch ball)
  • Spalding's Boss Ball
 

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