Tuesday, March 26th
April 15th – Board Meeting at 5:00 pm SDYC, Steak Fry at 6:00 pm SDYC
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May 28th – Youth Appreciation Day Breakfast, 7:00 am, SDYC
His name was Albert Goodwill Spalding. He was a Hall of Fame baseball player, club manager and executive in the early years of professional baseball. He holds the
all time career winning percentage for pitchers at 79.5%. He had a career 2.14 ERA and led the league in wins 6 times in 8 years. He is also credited with starting the trend of wearing a baseball glove in the field.
Mr. Spalding then moved into business world and started a sporting goods store, which led to manufacturing and distributing sporting goods. He became a publisher and founded the “Baseball Guide”, the most widely read baseball publication of the time.
Eric DuVall, president of the Ocean Beach Historical Society shared this information with us on Tuesday morning. While much of this part of Albert Spalding’s life is known to baseball fans throughout the world, what Eric shared with us was about the life of Albert Spalding after the baseball … in Point Loma!
In 1900, Albert Spalding moved to Point Loma to continue his membership and support of the Theosophical Society. Albert’s wife, Elizabeth was good friends with the Theosophical Society president Katherine Tingley. Albert built a grand home, in the Lomaland area of Point Loma. He mirrored the architecture of the Theosophical Society campus and became an active supporter and sponsor of the group.
Mr. Spalding also continued his business interests and philanthropical interests in San Diego. He joined with George Marston to purchase the Presidio of San Diego and developed an historic park around the property, eventually donating it to the City of San Diego. Mr. Spalding was the driving force behind the development of a paved road, known as Point Loma Boulevard, from downtown San Diego to Point Loma and Ocean Beach. He also helped organize the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, which brought much attention to San Diego and helped with the creation of Balboa Park.
Albert Goodwill Spalding died in San Diego at the age of 65 years and 51 weeks, after residing here but for 15 years. His baseball legacy will be known far and wide, but his place in Point Loma and San Diego history are just as important. Maybe more so for those of us who have the pleasure of living in Point Loma.