3. Who Invented Baseball

Not Abner Doubleday

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There is little, if any, evidence that Abner Doubleday invented baseball in 1839 in Cooperstown, NY, as we've been told by MLB for years.

In 1837, William Wheaton from the New York Baseball Club (or Gothams) crafted a set of rules which closely resembled modern baseball. And in 1845, Wheaton and William Tucker amended those rules to become the New York Knickerbockers Club rules. A major amendment was the “three outs per inning” rule.

In addition to Wheaton and Tucker, Daniel “Doc” Adams was instrumental in defining modern baseball. Adams is credited for playing in the inaugural game; helping standardize equipment by making the baseballs himself and overseeing the bat makers; creating the position of shortstop; presiding over the first Rules Committee; and, drafting the Laws of Baseball.

We tip our hat to the Knickerbockers Club, Wheaton, Tucker and Adams as the creators of modern baseball…because it really isn’t baseball without 3 outs per inning!

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The Laws of Baseball drafted by Doc Adams for the Knickerbocker Base Ball Club for presentation to the first convention of New York vicinity clubs, which commenced on January 22, 1857