Official League Ball adopted by the National League

Description
Spalding brand baseball, marked "Official League Ball - Adopted by the National League." It was patented Feb 27, 1883 (U.S. Patent 272984). The National League formed in 1876 and the American League, formed in 1901, compromise modern Major League Baseball.
Benjamin F. Shibe (1838-1922), of Philadelphia, received the patent for his improvement in the manufacture of baseballs. Shibe was an American sporting goods and baseball executive and part owner of the Philadelphia Athletics from 1901 to 1922.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
baseball, autographed
baseball
date made
ca 1883
maker
Spalding
Physical Description
leather (overall material)
off-white (overall color)
red(stitching) (overall color)
Measurements
overall: 3 in; 7.62 cm
ID Number
1979.1152.01
catalog number
1979.1152.01
accession number
1979.1152
subject
Baseball
Sports
Autographed Baseballs
Professional
Patent Models
See more items in
Culture and the Arts: Sport and Leisure
Autographed Baseballs
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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