For a very long time, the invention of the game of baseball was attributed to Abner Doubleday.
In 1905, a commission wrongly credited Doubleday with inventing the game in Cooperstown, New York, in 1839. Doubleday, who grew up in Cooperstown and attended West Point, eventually become a well-known General.
When Abner Doubleday died, he left behind numerous diaries. In them, he NEVER claimed to have invented American baseball.
But more careful research has shown...
Some form of baseball was played among Native American tribes long before the arrival of white settlers.
According to historical Baseball Facts, European-Americans began playing baseball on informal teams, using local rules, in the early 1800s.
A man named Alexander Cartwright designed the modern baseball field (commonly known as a baseball diamond) in 1845. It was he and the members of his Ball Club who devised the first official rules and regulations for the modern game of baseball.
The first recorded baseball game happened in 1846, when Alexander Cartwright's Knickerbockers lost to the New York Baseball Club. The game was held at the Elysian Fields, in Hoboken, New Jersey.
The first organized baseball league was formed in 1858.
THE TOP TEN MOST VALUABLE BASEBALL CARDS OF ALL TIME (values according to Forbes):
1909 Honus Wagner $250,000 - $400,000
1914 Ty Cobb $3,600 - $6,000
1914 "Shoeless" Joe Jackson. $5,000 - $9,000
1933 Nap Lajoie $20,000 - $30,000
1933 Babe Ruth $3,500 - $5,000
1938 Joe DiMaggio $2,000 - $3,500
1949 Satchel Paige $3,500 - $6,000
1951 Willie Mays $2,000 - $3,000
1952 Mickey Mantle $12,000 - $18,000
1954 Ted Williams $2,000 - $3,500
THE TEN HIGHEST-GROSSING MOVIES ABOUT BASEBALL:
10. MAJOR LEAGUE 1989
9. THE SAND LOT 1993
8. A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN 1992
7. THE NATURAL 1984
6. THE BAD NEWS BEARS 1976
5. THE PRIDE OF THE YANKEES 1942
4. EIGHT MEN OUT 1988
3. BANG THE DRUM SLOWLY 1973
2. FIELD OF DREAMS 1989
1. BULL DURHAM 1988
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