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And in the Beginning, Baseball Created Spring Training

It is the annual rite of spring. Like the game of baseball itself, spring training has a very rich and colorful history full of great stories. Very quickly after organized professional baseball began in the 1870s, teams recognized that preparing for its season in late winter or early spring was especially challenging given that most teams were in the north at that time. In 1886, A.G. Spalding — owner of the Chicago White Stockings (who would later become the Chicago Cubs) — and his player-manager, Adrian “Cap” Anson, acted upon an idea to take their team down to Hot… more
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