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Alfred James Reach

  • Birth 25 May 1840 London, City of London, Greater London, England
  • Death 14 Jan 1928 Atlantic City, Atlantic County, New Jersey, USA
  • Burial Bala Cynwyd, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Plot Franconia Section, Lot 54
  • Memorial ID 12898

19th Century Baseball player, team owner and founder. Was paid a salary in 1865 to play baseball, thus becoming the first professional player in Philadelphia. Founding member of the 1876 National Association, which was the first organized baseball league. Player for the Philadelphia Athletics of the NA for 5 years. In 1883, along with John Rogers, financially backed a new baseball team in Philadelphia - The Phillies. He hired Harry Wright to manage the team. Ran a sporting goods store in Philadelphia, and was responsible for the invention of the cork-center baseball.


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 11 Oct 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 12898
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Alfred James Reach (25 May 1840–14 Jan 1928), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12898, citing West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .