Where was baseball invented? That’s a question that has been debated for decades. Some people say it was in England, where the game of rounders is strikingly similar to what we know as “cricket.”
Where Was Baseball Invented
Others say it originated in Massachusetts where a man by the name of Abner Doubleday created “the national pastime” in 1839. But where did this sport really come from? And who should we give credit to for inventing it? Let’s take a look at where the game may have originated and some clues about how baseball came into being.
Doubleday didn’t write down the rules of this game, but it was still considered an adaptation from existing games. This game may have been designed so that colonists had a safer alternative to cricket where they didn’t need bats and balls, but could still play an entertaining sport while off work during the summer months.
Who Was Abner Doubleday?
Abner Doubleday was an American soldier who is often credited with creating the sport of baseball in 1839. He wasn’t able to write down these rules, but it’s said that he created them nonetheless and someone else wrote them down later on.
Doubleday went on to become a Civil War hero and he died due to heart disease in 1893.
How Baseball Become So Popular?
Later, Cartwright was a firefighter and bank clerk who, in 1845 founded the New York Knickerbocker Baseball Club with other men from his city. He formulated what became modern baseball rules that banned balls being thrown at runners as well as establishing foul lines for batters to stand behind during play.
Baseball grew in popularity as a sporting event throughout the 1800s and became so popular that it was difficult to keep up with. But, Cartwright’s modifications made baseball different from cricket while still maintaining its challenging nature. In 1846, Knickerbocker played their first official game against a team of crickets players- beginning a new American tradition.