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A. G. Spalding and Brothers

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June 1939.

of 317-318 High Holborn, London, WC1. Telephone: Holborn 0217 (3 lines). Cables: "Spaldetic, London". (1929)

of Putney Wharf, Deodar Road, Putney, London, SW15. Telephone: Putney 3581. Cables: "Spaldball, London". (1947)

The company owes its origins to Albert Godwill Spalding (1850, Illinois to 1915, California) who was an American baseball player, executive, and sporting-goods manufacturer.

Spalding played with the Boston Red Stockings and later the Chicago White Stockings; he served as president for the latter team (1882–91).

In 1876, he and his brother founded, in Chicopee, Massachusetts, the firm that, as A. G. Spalding and Brothers, would become one of the premier American sporting-goods companies, selling a range of sporting articles used by the team for which he played at the time.

He also founded the annual Spalding's Official Baseball Guide and wrote the history America's National Game (1911).

1929 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturers of Golf Clubs, Golf Balls, Caddy Bags, Tennis Rackets, Tennis Balls, Tennis Bags, Cricket Bats, Cricket Leg-guards, Cricket Bags, Hockey Sticks, Shin-guards, Hockey Bags, Footballs, Rubber Grips, Rubber Playballs, Badminton Rackets. (Stand No. B.10) [1]

1947 British Industries Fair Advert: Spalding - Greatest Name in Sport since 1876. Manufacturers of Athletic Equipment, Badminton Rackets, Shuttlecocks. Cricket Bats, Golf Balls, Squash Rackets, Tennis Balls, Tennis Rackets, Equipment for most Sports and Games. (Sports Goods Section - Olympia, 1st Floor, Stand No. F.1812) [2]

During the 1950s, a store was open on Fifth Avenue, New York, from where the company still operates.

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Sources of Information

  • [1] Spalding Bros Website
  • [2] Britannica Concise