Historic Baseball: Harry Wright, A.G. Spalding Board Meeting Notes from 1911

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Historic Baseball: Harry Wright, A.G. Spalding Board Meeting Notes from 1911

On the surface, many baseball aficianodos might bypass this document as uninteresting. It is from a board meeting of Wright & Ditson in 1911. But Wright & Ditson cofounded by Harry Wright, was integral to the history of the game. The Hall of Famer was responsible for laying out many of rules still governing baseball today. He was manager of the Cincinnati Red Stockings in the 1870s for the club recognized as the country's first professional team. The Wright & Ditson Company was a noted sporting goods manufacturer, acquired by the Spalding Company, likewise founded by a Hall of Famer, Albert G. Spalding. The Wright & Ditson name continued on baseball bats long after it was purchased by Spalding, which of course is a name synonomous with equipment for virtually every sport and has been for well over a century. The board of directors on this document are filled with relatives of HOFers Wright and Spalding. It would take a bit of research to identify each, but A.G. Spalding was still alive and overseeing his company in 1911; he passed away just four years later. To many the Wright & Ditson name may not ring any bells but it is a major branch on the sporting goods tree of the Spalding Company. Original document with historic names of Spalding and Wright is certainly worthy of research into the families of the HOFers.