A STORIED HISTORY - Spalding

A STORIED HISTORY

Since 1876, we have been true to the game. We turn on the confidence that lives in every athlet, of all levels, all over the world, and we allow them to play at their best. . We protect the integrity of sport because of our passion for the will behind the work. Our history made of quality products is what set us apart and allows you to excel. Explore our journey to discover why we are an icon in sports and innovation.

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1871

Albert Goodwill Spalding began his professional baseball career pitching for the Boston Red Stockings. He dominated the league in wins every year during his career. And in every game he plays with a baseball he developed himself.

 

1876

The first A.G. Spalding & Brothers sporting goods store opened in Chicago. In the same year, Spalding developed the first Major League Baseball reaching the goal to be the official baseball of the National League (1876-1976) and American League (1889-1973).

 

1877

The First Baseball Glove
Spalding created the first baseball glove in the world, marking the transition from bare hands to the use of a protective accessory. . A.G. Spalding’s reputation in the baseball industry made the once unthinkable “sissy” glove become OK to wear.

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1878

Spalding publishes the first “Official Rules Guide for Baseball.”

 

1882

A.G. Spalding become the president of the Chicago White Stockings. He started a world baseball tour traveling with the best baseball players around the world to promote baseball and at the same time his sporting goods company on a global scale.

 

1887

Spalding created the first American football with a perfect match in material and workmanship guarantee.

 

1894

The First Basketball
Dr. James Naismith, the creator of basketball, asked A.G. Spalding to develop the world’s first basketball. The official rules of the game later read, “The ball made by A.G. Spalding & Bros. shall be the official ball”.

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1895

The First Volleyball

Spalding developed and manufactured the first American volleyball.

 

1900

Baseball Bats

Spalding producing over 1 million bats a year.
became the largest manufacturer of baseball bats in the U.S

 

1930

Spalding developed the first liquid center golf ball, the Kros-Flite. This new construction represented a major technological advancement in golf balls.

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1968

Spalding developed the Spalding Executive, the first 2-piece performance golf ball. It became the most consistent and durable golf ball ever made.

1983

Spalding Basketball is selected as the Official Ball of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

1992

First composite leather basketball is created

1997

Official basketball of the WNBA.

2001

After 20 months of testing, Spalding introduces first basketball with built-in Micro Pump.

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2002

Official soccer ball of the Major Indoor Soccer League.

2004

Spalding becomes the official ball of the Arena Football League (AFL) and the official ball of the King of the Beach Volleyball Tournament.

2006

Development and research lead spalding to a new important result. The Spalding NEVERFLAT basketball is developed with Pressure Retention Technologies guaranteed to stay fully inflated for at least one year.

2009

Official NBA Backboard
Official backboard of the NBA and NCAA Final Four Tournament and the official basketball of the ACC.

2012

Euroleague
Spalding reached another important goal. It became the Official basketball & backboard of the Euroleague.

2016

Campaign Launch
Spalding made the Official launch of the True Believers campaign