On this day: September 9

Published On: Sep 03 2013 12:12:13 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 09 2013 01:00:00 AM CDT

The United Colonies become the United States, a Japanese airplane firebombs Oregon during World War II, Elvis Presley appears on "The Ed Sullivan Show," and Hurricane Betsy wreaks record-breaking damage along the Gulf Coast, all on this day.

OTD September 9 - Albert Spalding
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1915: Albert Spalding, a pitcher, manager and executive in the early years of professional baseball, and the co-founder of A.G. Spalding sporting goods company, dies at age 65 in San Diego, California. In 1877, Spalding, then a pitcher and the manager of the Chicago White Stockings, began to use a glove to protect his catching hand, providing a boost for the gloves his newly formed company sold. The company also standardized early baseballs and developed the modern baseball bat with the bulge at its apex. Today, the company specializes in the production of balls for many sports, but is most-known for its basketballs, as the official ball provider for both the NBA and the WNBA.

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