William Hulbert was a
true fan of baseball.
Had it not been for this
In a matter of just seven years, Hulbert helped create the National League; dealt with some of the early problems such as gambling, excessive drinking, and loose organization; served as the league’s second president; and even took steps toward building its first dynasty.
William A. Hulbert (1832-1882) began making his mark on baseball history in the 1870s, as an official for the National Association’s Chicago White Stockings. In 1876, he convened a meeting in
Hulbert's White Stockings won the first NL championship in 1876, using players like Al Spalding, a future Hall of Famer who had been lured from the Boston Red Stockings along with Ross Barnes, Cal McVey, and Deacon White. Also on the club was Cap Anson, possibly the best player of the century.
In 1877, Hulbert took action against four
Meanwhile, his team had become the class of professional baseball. Chicago won the NL title in 1880, '81, '82, '85, and '86. Players who performed for Chicago included legendary showman King Kelly, future Hall of Famer John Clarkson, and an outfielder named Billy Sunday, who would go on to fame as a preacher. Hulbert had given his beloved Chicago a team of which it could be proud.
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