William Hulbert founded the National League in 1876 giving birth to baseball as we know it today. As much a businessman as he was a baseball fan, Hulbert’s founding of the NL also established the practice of big money guiding the game, not the players. Prior to Hulbert, players had more say in the game. After the NL was established, capitalists ran the sport. But without Hulbert’s vision there would be no modern baseball. The monument at this spot commemorates the founding of the NL with the names of the founding cities etched permanently on Hulbert’s big ball: Boston, Cincinnati, Chicago, Hartford, Louisville, New York, Philadelphia and St. Louis.
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