Al Reach
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Al Reach
Al Reach
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Right fielder
Born: (1840-05-25)May 25, 1840
London, England
Died: January 14, 1928(1928-01-14) (aged 87)
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
May 20, 1871, for the Philadelphia Athletics
Last MLB appearance
May 21, 1875, for the Philadelphia Athletics
MLB statistics
Batting average.247
Home runs0
Runs batted in56
  National Association of Base Ball Players
Brooklyn Eckfords (1861-1864)
Philadelphia Athletics (1865-1870)
  League player
Philadelphia Athletics (1871-1875)
  League manager
Philadelphia Phillies (1890)

Alfred James Reach (May 25, 1840 - January 14, 1928)[1] was an Anglo-American sportsman who, after becoming one of the early stars of baseball in the National Association, went on to become an influential executive, publisher, sporting goods manufacturer and spokesman for the sport.

Born in London,[2] Reach was a regular for the champion Eckford club of Brooklyn in the early 1860s before moving to the Philadelphia Athletics in 1865.[2] When the National Association began, he helped them win the first professional baseball pennant in 1871.[3] Upon his retirement from playing in 1875, he helped found the Philadelphia Phillies franchise. Reach served as team president from 1883 to 1899.[2] Later, similarly to Albert Spalding, Reach formed a sporting goods company and earned millions. In fact, he sold his company to Spalding in 1889.[2] Reach was the trade name used on the game balls for the American League until 1976.

Reach kept his interest in the Phillies franchise, selling out in 1899 to his longtime partner, John Rogers.[2] Reach died at age 87 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and is interred at West Laurel Hill Cemetery in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.[1]

A Pennsylvania historical marker was dedicated on April 4, 2003 at 1820 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia for Reach's contribution to baseball.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Al Reach". Find a Grave. Retrieved 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d e History for Alfred James Reach Archived 2012-04-28 at the Wayback Machine at
  3. ^ Al Reach Statistics at
  4. ^ "Pennsylvania Historical Marker Search". PHMC. Retrieved 2018.

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Preceded by
Al Barker
Oldest recognized verified living baseball player
September 15, 1912 – January 14, 1928
Succeeded by
Harry Berthrong

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