Al Spalding — American Athlete born on September 02, 1850, died on September 09, 1915

Albert Goodwill Spalding 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 played major league baseball between 1871 and 1878. In 1877, he became the first well-known player to use a fielding glove; such gloves were among the items sold at his sporting goods store... (wikipedia)

Baseball is a man maker.
Baseball gives a growing boy self poise and self reliance.
The genius of our institutions is democratic - baseball 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.
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.