New York: Excavating Baseball

Excavating Baseball

Baseball was invented by Abner Doubleday in 1839 at Cooperstown, N.Y., home of the game's Hall of Fame. Wrong. Well, then, baseball was first played in Hoboken, N.J., in 1846, using rules devised by a bank clerk named Alexander J. Cartwright. Wrong again, according to a fresh discovery by Harvard graduate student Edward L. Widmer. In archives of the New-York Historical Society, he found an article in the New York Morning News describing a game on Oct. 21, 1845, between the New York Ball Club and a Brooklyn team. Moreover, by alluding to a "friendly match of the time-honored game," the...

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