Hey everyone. Welcome to another awesome edition of Fanaticsport. As you all know today is a very important day for all the fathers out there but, what many people don’t know, is that today, June 19, is a very important day in baseball history. On this day, in the year 1846, the first baseball game was played in Hoboken New Jersey. Before I talk about the first game, I want to give you a little history about how baseball came to be.
Who is the Father of Modern baseball ??
If you ask most people who created baseball they would say that Abner Doubleday. According to the Society for American baseball research, Abner Doubleday doesn’t really have any connection to the formation of baseball as we know it today other than the baseball Hall of Fame in his hometown of Cooperstown, New York.
The true origin of baseball is unknown; it is thought that baseball evolved from a game called rounders that was very popular in England. At the time we didn’t want to be associated with England in any way so the solution was to give an American credit for the creation of the sport. In 1905 the Mills Commission was created to name a creator of baseball.
The committee came up with two people to name as the creator of baseball, Abner Doubleday and Alexander Cartwright. Doubleday was a clear choice because he was a civil war Major General. Who better than a war hero to name as the face of America’s pastime? Although there is no hard evidence, some people believe Doubleday was the one who coined the name baseball.
The next choice was Alexander Cartwright, who was a member of the New York Knickerbockers, thought to be one of the first baseball teams. It is reported that they would get people together to play “baseball” but it was different each time they played. Cartwright is the one who is thought to have written down a set of rules for baseball, as well as the positions and dimensions of the game.
The Day baseball was born
After having a set form of rules baseball spread throughout the country. According to the official website of the state of New Jersey, on June 19, 1846, members of the Knickerbockers club played the New York Nine at what was then known as Elysian Fields. Unfortunately, the Knickerbockers got absolutely crushed by a score of 23 to 1 in just four innings.
If you’re interested in taking a trip to see the Elysian Fields I will save you the trip. This is what they look like now.
Even though you can no longer see the field where the first baseball game was played, I still think it’s extremely cool that New Jersey can lay claim in having a part in the creation of America’s pastime. It is even cooler to me that this anniversary falls on Father’s Day, because baseball is something that my Dad and many Dads across the world share with their son’s.
I thought drumming on it’s own was hard!
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