Our History

Association of Professional Ball Players of America

The Association was formed in Los Angeles in 1924 when twelve former players gathered and determined there was a need to assist the less fortunate members of the baseball profession.  Since then, the Association has grown to over 101,000 current members. ​

Since its inception in 1924 the Association has provided temporary financial assistance in excess of $5 million to over 3,600 current and ex-professional players, coaches, umpires, scouts, and trainers. Major League Baseball and the National Association of the Minor Leagues have endorsed the Association as their benevolent organization and recognize the important role the Association plays in helping those ballplayers in need.

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Our Mission

Our mission is to furnish financial assistance to the sick or indigent ballplayer or member of the baseball family when he becomes of an age where he is no longer able to provide for himself and has no other source of income. This includes any ballplayer or member of the baseball family who may contract an incurable disease, irrespective of age, who has no other source of income or relatives to provide for him. We are proud to provide emergency assistance for a broad range of circumstances one may encounter in their life.

Since the beginning, our Association has grown to over 101,200 members & we have helped over 3,500 ballplayers with total assistance rendered in excess of $5,000,000.

Past Board Members

  • Babe Ruth
  • Lou Gehrig
  • Ted Williams
  • Joe Dimaggio
  • Mickey Mantle
  • Willie Mays
  • Casey Stengel
  • Mel Ott
  • Honus Wagner
  • Jimmy Foxx
  • Walter Johnson
  • John J Mcgraw
  • Lefty Odoul
  • Lou Boudreau
  • Herb Pennock
  • Pepper Martin
  • Joe Cronin
  • John Rawlings
  • Sparky Anderson
  • Don Drysdale
  • Whitey Herzog
  • Bob Kennedy
  • Stan Musial
  • Brooks Robinson
  • Tom Seaver
  • Willy Stargell
  • Jim Leyland
  • Tony Gwynn
  • Nolan Ryan
  • Among Many Others…
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