Albert Spalding was a great pitcher and an even greater entrepreneur. (National Baseball Hall of Fame)

The Western Baseball Tours of 1879

This article was written by Brock Helander

This article was published in The National Pastime: Baseball in Chicago (2015)

BROCK HELANDER is the author of “The Rock Who’s Who” (1982), “The Rock Who’s Who Second Edition” (1996), “The Rockin’ ’50s” (1998), and ’The Rockin’ ’60s” (1999). Since joining SABR, he has focused on researching baseball in the nineteenth century, particularly 1877-1881. He has contributed to “Nineteenth Century Notes,” the “Baseball Research Journal,” “The National Pastime,” and SABR’s BioProject.