Doc Bushong and the catcher’s mitt

Bushong developed the “spring mattress” to preserve  his dentistry career In the summer of 2012, Old Dutch was honored to receive an email from Steve Bushong of Swansea, Illinois. He was the great grandson of Albert John “Doc” Bushong, a 19th player who is widely credited for, at minimum, his contribution to the evolution of the [...]

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Albert Spalding: Happy birthday to a baseball and business visionary

Albert Spalding, producer of “the perfect bat”, made a brilliant business move on the field in 1877 Old Dutch would be negligent if he didn’t pause to wish a very special birthday wish to one of his heroes of baseball and business, Albert Goodwill Spalding. Even if you’re not a huge baseball fan, you’ve heard [...]

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Replicating King Kelly’s bat

 Now you, too, can swing like King! Being a near life-long student of baseball history, Old Dutch certainly had known of Michael Joseph “King” Kelly. He was, at the time he played, baseball’s biggest star ever. He was Babe Ruth before there was Babe Ruth. But Old Dutch didn’t really know Kelly – or, come [...]

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