Sport: Immortals

Abner Doubleday was a general in the Civil War. The world will probably little note nor long remember what he did at Gettysburg* but it can never forget what he did at Cooperstown. In that sleepy little New York village 99 years ago, he invented baseball.

It was not until 1907, 14 years after General Doubleday's death, that a research committee definitely established Cooperstown as the birthplace of baseball. Civic-proud Cooperstownians, whose pastoral background had already been immortalized as the home town and nameplace† of James Fenimore Cooper, bought the original baseball...

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