On March 1, 1969, Yankees slugger Mickey Mantle announced his retirement from baseball. After years of being plagued by injury, Mantle cited his inability to “hit when I need to” as part of his reason for leaving the game. 34 more words
A group of team owners met at the YMCA in Kansas City on February 13, 1920. Led by Rube Foster, owner and manager of the Chicago American Giants, the meeting resulted in the organization of the Negro National League. 22 more words
Spending $800 to start, former baseball player Albert Spalding founded a sporting goods company on February 3, 1866. Spalding became the manufacturer of the first official baseball, and would also become the first manufacturer of the official tennis ball, basketball, golf ball, and football.