Spalding used flimsy evidence—namely the claims of one man, mining engineer Abner Graves—to come up with the Doubleday origin story. As it turns out, the real history of baseball is a little more complicated than the Doubleday legend.
References to games resembling baseball in the United States date back to the 18th century. By the time of the American Revolution , variations of such games were being played on schoolyards and college campuses across the country. They became even more popular in newly industrialized cities where men sought work in the midth century. One of them—volunteer firefighter and bank clerk Alexander Joy Cartwright—would codify a new set of rules that would form the basis for modern baseball, calling for a diamond-shaped infield, foul lines and the three-strike rule.
He also abolished the dangerous practice of tagging runners by throwing balls at them.
In , the Knickerbockers played the first official game of baseball against a team of cricket players, beginning a new, uniquely American tradition. Sherman's March to the Sea David Smith. Mosby's Memoirs. John S. The Capture of Atlanta and the March to the Sea. William T Sherman.
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