William Hulbert

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Birthdate10/23/1832
Death Date4/10/1882
Debut Year1877
Year of Induction1995
Teams MLB, National League
Positions Executive, League President

William Hulbert was a founder of the baseball’s first professional league, the National League. Later he was the president of the Chicago franchise.

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William Hulbert received this letter signed by Troy Trojans owner Gardner Earl in 1880

William Hulbert received this letter signed by Troy Trojans owner Gardner Earl in 1880

When the Troy Trojans were admitted to the National League in 1879, it was a surprise. The league’s constitution dictated a population of at least 75,000 for admission to the league at a time when Troy had only 56,747. The Trojans were admitted to further the vision of Hall of Fame National League
Letter from Buzzie Bavasi, voting member of Veterans Committee explaining the choice of Hulbert for the Hall

Letter from Buzzie Bavasi, voting member of Veterans Committee explaining the choice of Hulbert for the Hall

How does someone from more than a century ago get elected to the Hall of Fame? Veterans Committee member Buzzie Bavasi shed some light on the process in this letter to a curious fan. On March 18, 1995 Bavasi writes, “I believe that other members like myself did some

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