Cap Anson

Cap Anson, Chicago.
Cap Anson baseball card (N162), 1888
Cap Anson throws out the first pitch for the home opener for the Cubs on April 22, 1908, at Chicago's West Side Park
Anson in 1907
Anson's grave at Oak Woods Cemetery

American Major League Baseball (MLB) first baseman.

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National Association of Professional Base Ball Players

The first fully-professional sports league in baseball.

The first fully-professional sports league in baseball.

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Thus, when the landmark 1969 Macmillan Baseball Encyclopedia was published, National Association records were not included in totals for such early stars as Cap Anson.

Marshalltown, Iowa

City in and the county seat of Marshall County, Iowa, United States, located along the Iowa River.

City in and the county seat of Marshall County, Iowa, United States, located along the Iowa River.

Adrian Cap Anson
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Adrian Constantine "Cap" Anson, son of Henry and Jennette Anson, was the first European child born in the new pioneer town and is today known as Marshalltown's “first son.” Adrian became a Major League Baseball player and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939.

Chicago Cubs

American professional baseball team based in Chicago.

American professional baseball team based in Chicago.

The 1876 White Stockings won the NL championship.
The 1906 Cubs won a record 116 of 154 games. They then won back-to-back World Series titles in 1907–08.
1913 Chicago Cubs
Hall of Famer Hack Wilson
Club logo (1927–1936)
Cubs logo (1941–1945)
A sports-related curse that was supposedly placed on the Chicago Cubs by Billy Goat Tavern owner William Sianis during Game 4 of the 1945 World Series.
Ernie Banks ("Mr. Cub")
Ryne Sandberg set numerous league and club records in his career and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2005.
Andre Dawson, 5× All-Star and 1987 NL MVP during tenure in Chicago
Sammy Sosa was the captain of the Chicago Cubs during his tenure with the team.
Kerry Wood, along with Mark Prior, led the Cubs' rotation in 2003.
Dempster emerged in 2004 and became the Cubs' regular closer.
Alfonso Soriano signed with the club in 2007.
Carlos Zambrano warming up before a game
Starlin Castro during his 2010 rookie season
One of two Cubs building blocks, Anthony Rizzo, swinging in the box
The Cubs celebrate after winning the 2016 World Series.
2016 Champions visit the White House in June 2017.
Clark (left) with the Oriole Bird
Ron Santo
Billy Williams
Ferguson Jenkins
Kiki Cuyler
Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown
Harry Caray

Owner William Hulbert signed multiple star players, such as pitcher Albert Spalding and infielders Ross Barnes, Deacon White, and Adrian "Cap" Anson, to join the team prior to the NL's first season.

William Edward White

Baseball color line

The color line, also known as the color barrier, in American baseball excluded players of black African descent from Major League Baseball and its affiliated Minor Leagues until 1947 (with a few notable exceptions in the 19th century before the line was firmly established).

The color line, also known as the color barrier, in American baseball excluded players of black African descent from Major League Baseball and its affiliated Minor Leagues until 1947 (with a few notable exceptions in the 19th century before the line was firmly established).

William Edward White
Moses Fleetwood Walker of the Toledo Blue Stockings, circa 1884
Chief Bender
Jackie Robinson in 1954
Larry Doby in 1953
Bud Fowler

The year before, in 1883, prominent National League player Cap Anson had threatened to have his Chicago team sit out an exhibition game at then-minor league Toledo if Toledo's Fleet Walker played.

A 1994 Grapefruit League game at the LA Dodgers' former camp in Vero Beach, Florida

Spring training

Preseason in Major League Baseball , a series of practices and exhibition games preceding the start of the regular season.

Preseason in Major League Baseball , a series of practices and exhibition games preceding the start of the regular season.

A 1994 Grapefruit League game at the LA Dodgers' former camp in Vero Beach, Florida
Boston Red Sox players in Hot Springs, Arkansas, in 1912
1885 Chicago White Stockings (known today as the Chicago Cubs)
Babe Ruth hit a 573-foot home run in spring training, 1918. He led the league with 11 home runs and had a 13–7 record as the Red Sox won the 1918 World Series.
A 2007 Cactus League game between the Cubs and the White Sox at HoHoKam Park
New York Giants during Spring Training in Marlin, Texas (circa 1915)
Jim Thorpe, US Olympian, New York Giants Spring Training in Marlin, Texas, likely 1918
A Braves spring training game against the Mets in 2008
An extended spring training game in Sarasota, Florida, during the 2008 season

The location of Hot Springs and the concept of getting the players ready for the upcoming season was the brainchild of Chicago White Stockings (today's Chicago Cubs) team President Albert Spalding and Cap Anson.

1870 Chicago White Stockings (later Cubs): (l-r) Ned Cuthbert, Fred Treacey, Charlie Hodes, Levi Meyerle, Ed Pinkham, Jimmy Wood, Bub McAtee, Bill Craver, Marshall King, Clipper Flynn

History of the Chicago Cubs

Franchise history of the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball, a charter member of the National League who started play in the National Association in 1870 as the Chicago White Stockings.

Franchise history of the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball, a charter member of the National League who started play in the National Association in 1870 as the Chicago White Stockings.

1870 Chicago White Stockings (later Cubs): (l-r) Ned Cuthbert, Fred Treacey, Charlie Hodes, Levi Meyerle, Ed Pinkham, Jimmy Wood, Bub McAtee, Bill Craver, Marshall King, Clipper Flynn
West Side Grounds served as the club's home for nearly 30 years
The 1876 White Stockings won the N.L.'s first pennant
Cap Anson, who played a record 27 straight seasons, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1939
Chicago reached the World Series four times between 1906 and 1910, winning twice.
Cubs right fielder Max Flack, c. 1920. Note the Doublemint "elves" atop the scoreboard, and the Wilson Sporting Goods sign on the right field wall.
The Cubs play at Wrigley Field, May 1970
Andre Dawson meeting a young fan in 1988.
Shawon Dunston was a Cub for over a decade and inspired the Shawon-O-Meter, with which fans tracked his batting average
Kerry Wood owns a share of the MLB single-game strikeout record
3B Aramis Ramírez was acquired in 2003 in a lopsided deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates
Derrek Lee, Moisés Alou and Ramírez led the Chicago Cubs offense in 2005
Alfonso Soriano, who signed the richest deal in franchise history in 2007, toys with fans at the Friendly Confines
Lines can become very long outside Gate N, the entrance to the Bud Light Bleachers. Lines often start forming as early as 9 a.m. for a 1:20 p.m. first pitch.
The Cubs celebrate the team's first World Series win in 108 years
Flag commemorating 10,000 wins

After the 1875 season ended, Hulbert was principal in the acquisition of several key players, including Boston pitcher Albert Spalding and first baseman Adrian Anson of the Philadelphia Athletics.

Albert Pujols is the most recent player to record 2,000 runs batted in during his Major League Baseball career.

Run batted in

Statistic in baseball and softball that credits a batter for making a play that allows a run to be scored (except in certain situations such as when an error is made on the play).

Statistic in baseball and softball that credits a batter for making a play that allows a run to be scored (except in certain situations such as when an error is made on the play).

Albert Pujols is the most recent player to record 2,000 runs batted in during his Major League Baseball career.
Hank Aaron, All-time career leader in RBI with 2,297.
Hank Greenberg, Hall of Famer and 2-time MVP

5) Cap Anson - 2,075

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Philadelphia Athletics (1860–1876)

Prominent National Association, and later National League, professional baseball team that played in the second half of the 19th century.

Prominent National Association, and later National League, professional baseball team that played in the second half of the 19th century.

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Other star players include Al Reach in the 1860s and Cap Anson, who played from 1872 to 1875 (Anson took over as captain near the very end of the 1875 season).

Spalding the businessman at 60, 1910

Albert Spalding

American pitcher, manager, and executive in the early years of professional baseball, and the co-founder of A.G. Spalding sporting goods company.

American pitcher, manager, and executive in the early years of professional baseball, and the co-founder of A.G. Spalding sporting goods company.

Spalding the businessman at 60, 1910
Albert Spalding on a 1871 Boston Red Stockings baseball card.

Spalding then coaxed teammates Deacon White, Ross Barnes and Cal McVey, as well as Philadelphia Athletics players Cap Anson and Bob Addy, to sign with Chicago.

Hot Springs, Arkansas

Resort city in the state of Arkansas and the county seat of Garland County.

Resort city in the state of Arkansas and the county seat of Garland County.

The Quapaw Bathhouse, along Hot Springs' famed "Bathhouse Row"
September 10, 1913, with remnants of the fire
Aerial view of Hot Springs after 1925 along Central Avenue. The base of Hot Springs Mountain is in top right, behind Bathhouse Row. Part of West Mountain is on the left. The southwest edge of North Mountain is behind the Arlington Hotel at top.
Hot Springs Rehabilitation Center—now known as Arkansas Career Training Institute—was formerly an Army and Navy Hospital.
Downtown Hot Springs, as seen from mountain overlook
Hot Springs National Park
Quapaw Bathhouse
The Medical Arts Building towers over Central Avenue.
Lake Hamilton, viewed from Garvan Woodland Gardens
Finish line at the 2013 Arkansas Derby

Chicago White Stockings' President Albert Spalding, the founder of A.G Spalding, and player/manager Cap Anson introduced the concept of players having training and fitness before the start of the regular season, This move gave credit to Hot Springs being called the "birthplace of spring training baseball".