Albert Spalding: Violinist in Vaudeville

What an interesting figure is Albert Spalding (1888-1953). The namesake of his uncle, A.G. Spalding, pro ball player and co-founder with his father James of the famous sporting goods concern, Spalding took his life in an entirely different direction by becoming a world famous violinist and classical composer. In addition to playing concert venues throughout the U.S. and Europe, according to the Sobels’ Pictorial History of Vaudeville Spalding also played the two-a-day, meaning big time vaudeville, his popular success no doubt a factor of his extensive recording career.

To learn more about vaudeville, please see No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous,