William Hulbert

William Ambrose Hulbert
Inducted to the Hall of Fame in: 1995
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Primary position: Executive

In a meeting led by Chicago White Stockings owner William Hulbert on Feb. 2, 1876, at the Grand Central Hotel in New York City, the National League was founded. Hulbert stressed clean play in the embryonic circuit, banning drinking, gambling and all forms of rowdiness. Upon his death in 1882, future Hall of Fame member Albert Spalding wrote of the silver-tongued executive, “I ask all living professional Base Ball players to join me in raising our hats to the memory of William A. Hulbert, the man who saved the game.”

"I would rather be a lamppost in Chicago than a millionaire in any other city. "
William Hulbert

Career stats

Year Inducted: 1995
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Position Played: Executive
Birth place: Burlington Flats, New York
Birth year: 1832
Died: 1882, Chicago, Illinois