The first recorded game of baseball under the later codified rules was played in New York on September 23, 1845 between the New York Baseball Club and the Knickerbocker Baseball Club. American baseball was supposedly played in Beachville, Ontario in 1838.The commission had based its findings on accounts of Abner Graves, who claimed that he went to school with Doubleday. In the Mills' report, they said that the war hero invented baseball (both the name and the sport) in 1839 in Cooperstown, New York. This legend, although discredited ever since by baseball archivists, lasted long enough for Cooperstown to build the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and consolidate its place in the history of the sport.
Cooperstown businessmen and major league officials harnessed the enduring power of myth in the 1930s, when they established the village's National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. There were several variations of the game, but modern baseball is thought to be more similar to the British game of rounders, where batters try to hit only one ball thrown at them and are forced to run around four bases, whether they hit the ball or not. Doubleday, who was born to a prominent family in upstate New York in 1819, was still at West Point in 1839, and never claimed to have anything to do with baseball. The nostalgia of baseball, which I had always dismissed as a story curdled by the softness of the heart and head, now began to have an advantage.
Baseball is a tremendously exciting game and there is no doubt that the game as played on the field today is much better than it was 20 years ago or 40 years ago or 60 years ago, and so on. Digging up the beginnings of modern baseball in the United States becomes a little more manageable starting in September 1845, when a group of men founded the New York Knickerbockers Base Ball Club. Jack Clements, a Philadelphia Quakers player, poses in a photo studio in Boston in the days before the players wore gloves to the baseball diamond. If that's not enough for you, there's more proof that Doubleday had absolutely nothing to do with the origin of baseball: he wasn't in Cooperstown in 1839 and he never mentioned the sport in any of his 67 newspapers.
In the midst of these contradictory claims about the origins of baseball, major league baseball dates back to 1876, when the National League was founded. Anyway, I recognize that I can't presume that my readers are familiar with the themes, plots, and players that make the Paleolithic period of baseball so fascinating to me. One of them, volunteer firefighter and bank employee Alexander Joy Cartwright, would codify a new set of rules that would form the basis of modern baseball, calling for a diamond-shaped infield, foul lines and the three-stroke rule. Baseball had been played extensively from the 1840s onwards, it became semi-professional and then professionalized in the 1860s and 1870s, and it truly became the national pastime in the next two decades.
However, it seems that the sport's popularity declined during the United States Civil War, leaving baseball to become the most popular sport. Contrary to popular belief, Doubleday has never been included in the Baseball Hall of Fame, although a large oil portrait of him was on display in the Hall of Fame building for many years.