Spalding is a leading global sports brand with a history of firsts including the first major league baseball (1876), American football (1887) and basketball (1894). In Australia, Spalding provides a comprehensive sports offering, as experts in balls and hardware as well as sports apparel.
Spalding is the official ball of the NBA and Basketball Australia. Spalding also provides athletes in a variety of other sports including netball and soccer with the highest quality balls and equipment. Spalding also provides high quality, superior and innovative sports performance clothing.
At Spalding it’s not about the glitz and hype, it’s about respecting the game and providing products that make superior performance possible.
Spalding is a division of Russell Corporation.
Albert Goodwill Spalding - 1850 - 1915
Few names have as much standing in the world of sport as Albert Spalding. A baseball pitcher in the 1870s who was revered as the greatest player of his time; Albert won an astounding 241 out of the 301 games he pitched for the Boston Red Stockings and the Chicago White Stockings with a ball he had developed himself. He was baseball's first 200 game winner, and his overall winning percentage of .796 is a record that still stands today. Along with inventing the first baseball, he invented the first tennis ball, the first basketball which has become the Official NBA Ball for over 40 years now and was even named the U.S. Commissioner for the 1900 Olympic Game.
In 1876 Albert and his brother J. Walter Spalding started A.G. Spalding & Bro. in Chicago with the help of an $800 loan from their mother, and its early success led him to retire as a player from the game he loved. While he remained an ambassador for baseball for most of his life, he was dedicated to creating the first "baseball and general sports emporium" in the U.S. and the beginning of Spalding, which is now one of the oldest, largest and most iconic sporting goods companies in the world.
A true pioneer, Spalding's many firsts during Albert's seminal reign include the first baseball shoe and the first American-made footballs, tennis rackets, golf clubs and golf balls. He was also the driver behind Major League Baseball adopting a standardised ball for the competition, the first person to wear a glove on the baseball field and the first person to outfit a baseball team in matching uniforms, mixing sport with the sartorial.
With a heritage that can be traced back to the early days of professional sport (from the development of the very first basketball to the latest in sport performance technologies), Spalding’s tradition of innovation, and emphasis on performance and authenticity, continues today.