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As his company expanded Spalding started expanding into numerous outdoor activities and began developing golf clubs, tennis rackets, basketballs, and any other equipment needed for popular athletics at the time.Spalding sporting goods are now official products for many professional sports leagues and college conferences and amateur leagues.Spalding is an American sporting goods company founded by Albert Spalding in Chicago, Illinois in 1876.It is now headquartered in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Spalding & Brothers purchased the Lamb Knitting Machine Company located in Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts and renamed it the Lamb Manufacturing Company.Spalding is mostly known for its basketballs, although the company also manufactures balls and accessories for other sports such as American football, baseball, soccer and volleyball.Besides, softball equipment (balls, bats and gloves) is offered through company's subsidiary Dudley. Since 1983, it has been the Official ball supplier to the National Basketball Association (NBA).Since 1977 the official ball has been made by Rawlings.
The company standardized early baseballs and developed the modern baseball bat with the bulge at its apex. The Spalding "League Ball" was adopted by the National League and American Association of Professional Base Ball Clubs for the seasons of 1892–1896 and used by the National League since 1880. Production of bicycles continued at the Chicopee plant through the latter part of the 19th century, but in 1899 A. Ben Spalding sold its bicycle division to a massive trust called the American Bicycle Company which controlled 65% of the bicycle business in the US.
Spalding helped the White Stocking win the 1876 Inaugural National League Title.