Born: October 23, 1832, Burlington Flats, New York
Died: April 10, 1882, Chicago, Illinois
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1995
William Hulbert was a silver-tongued executive and an energetic, influential leader. While part owner of Chicago's National Association team, he and Albert Spalding founded the National League in 1876. He was elected National League president later that year and is credited with establishing respectability, integrity and a sound foundation for the new league with his relentless opposition to betting, rowdiness and other prevalent abuses that threatened the sport.