History Tidbits: Rounders and Cricket make baseball?

Baseball came about in 1839 thanks to Abner Doubleday…well…no…seems a bit more complicated.

A game that resembled baseball began in the 18th century…melding together a kid’s game called rounders played by colonial children and the well-known game of cricket.  Variations of this developing  game with no rules could be seen everywhere…particularly in the fast growing industrial cities.  In September 1845, a group of New York City men founded the New York Knickerbocker Baseball Club. 

Doubleday, a graduate of West Point, served during the Civil War and was second in command at Fort Sumter where he ordered the Union’s first shots of the Civil War in response to the bombardment by secessionist forces.  His military service is impressive.

Doubleday still remains in the heart of many as the founder of baseball…but history quashed that story.

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