Spalding And The Baseball Tour

AG Spalding’s preoccupation with making baseball America’s game began perhaps in 1874 when he toured Great Britain with the White Stockings. The trip achieved limited success, but its potential led Spalding to plan another, more vast trip in 1888. He gathered the Chicago White Stockings and various opposing players called the All-American team, and set […]


A Century Later, Spalding’s International Legacy Still Unresolved

The other night, I found myself watching the Nagoya Chunichi Dragons play the Gwangju Kia Tigers. I also kept an eye on the World Baseball Classic qualifiers that just wrapped in Sydney. I followed news of the Gurriel brothers defecting from Cuba last week, and wondered what the Cubs’ chances were for signing Lourdes. At this point in the […]