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APRIL 2013
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Vol. 7 No. 7
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 By Paul Niemann
Major League Baseball celebrated the 100th anniversaryof the World Series in 2003. In that rst-ever World Series,the Boston Pilgrims (Red Sox) defeated the Pittsburgh Pi-rates, 5 games to 3. The Series was originally a best-of-nineformat.The 2003 season also marked the 100thanniversary of the event that started thegreat debate over who “invented” baseball.In this story, we try to nd out who inventedbaseball. There are two competing theories,and they involve two men who were bornwithin a year of each other and died withina year of each other. In fact, both men haddied by the time the great debate began. Itwas either bank clerk Alexander Cartwrightor Civil War veteran Abner Doubleday,whose great-great-grand-nephew is the co-owner of the New York Mets.The debate began when baseball writer/ historian Henry Chadwick, who wrotebaseball’s rst rulebook in 1858, declaredin Albert Spalding’s Baseball Guide of 1903 that baseball had been derived froman English game called “rounders.”Al Spalding was a former major leaguepitcher and manager for the Chicago Cubs(originally known as the Chicago WhiteStockings). Since he didn’t want to accept that the game heloved could have come from the British, he commissioneda panel in 1904 to determine the game’s origins. The panel,which included two U.S. senators and was chaired by a for-mer National League president who probably never heardof Alexander Cartwright, also didn’t want to accept the pos-sibility that baseball might have British roots. Their choiceas the inventor of baseball was a Civil War general namedAbner Doubleday. Doubleday, by the way, has the distinc-tion of being the soldier who red the rst shot in defensefor the Union during the Civil War, at Fort Sumter.The only evidence that the panel had in support of Ab-ner Doubleday being the inventor of baseball was a letterit received from an elderly man who claimed that he wasa boyhood friend of Doubleday’s. In his letter, he claimedthat he saw Doubleday invent a form of the British-basedrounders game mentioned earlier, called “Town Ball” inCooperstown in 1839. Cooperstown,of course, is the home of the baseballHall of Fame.Doubleday allegedly did thiswhen he organized two teams in agame which included bases and aball. Years later, a baseball with thecover nearly completely torn off was found in the attic of the home of Doubleday’s old friend; the baseballbecame known as the “Doubledaybaseball” and it sits in the Hall of Fame. Most of the other research forthis panel was done by an employeeof the publishing company whichSpalding owned.There was plenty of evidence tosuggest that Doubleday did not in-vent baseball, though. For example,Doubleday kept diaries and was askilled public speaker, but there wasnever any mention of baseball in hiswritings or his speeches. You would think that a person whoinvents a new sport would mention it somewhere along theway.Alexander Cartwright, on the other hand, establishedmany of baseball’s basic rules. He decided that the distancebetween bases is to be 90 feet, that the game is to be playedby nine-person teams for nine innings, and that each teamgets three outs per inning. In addition to adding the positionof shortstop, he eliminated the rule that allowed the defenseto get a runner out by throwing the ball at him! He also di-vided the eld into fair and foul territory. Many believe thatSeptember of 1845 is when Cartwright invented the gameat age 25, and his Knickerbocker baseball club played theirrst game the following year in Hoboken, New Jersey.Where can you nd most of this information about Cart-wright’s contributions to the rules?On his Hall of Fame plaque, which also lists him as the“Father of modern baseball.” Cartwright’s plaque doesn’tclaim that he invented the game, but he is in the Hall of Fame, while Doubleday is not (even though the “Doubledaybaseball” is).So who did invent baseball: Alexander Cartwright orAbner Doubleday?You have to decide for yourself. Even though the evi-dence favors Cartwright over Doubleday, no one knows forsure because there wasn’t enough proof at the time – morethan 150 years ago.
Who invented baseball?
This photograph, taken by Brooklyn photographer Charles H. Williamson, depicts the Knickerbocker Base Ball Club and the Excelsior Base Ball Club in one of theearliest known team photos and perhaps the rst image on a baseball eld. It was taken on September 3, 1859, at Elysian Fields, Hoboken, New Jersey. Some of the playersare as follows; Knickerbockers—James Whtye Davis (second from left), Charles Schuyler De Bost (third from left) and Harry Wright (sixth from the left). The umpire isDr. J.B Jones (middle in overcoat and hat) and the Excelsiors are—Henry D. Polhemus (Jones’s left), John Holder (Sixth from right), Edwin Russell (fth from right) andThomas Reynolds (far right).Doubleday BaseballMore on baseball and baseball trivia on page 10.Alexander Cartwright

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