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Old 14 November 2010, 03:07 AM
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Baseball Myth of Baseball’s Creation Endures, With a Prominent Fan

The old chestnut about Abner Doubleday’s inventing baseball in a cow pasture in upstate New York has been so thoroughly debunked that it has taken a position in the pantheon of great American myths, alongside George Washington’s cherry tree, Paul Bunyan and Johnny Appleseed.

So it came as a surprise when a letter surfaced recently on the Internet in which the commissioner of Major League Baseball, Bud Selig, wrote an author who inquired of his views on baseball history: “From all of the historians which I have spoken with, I really believe that Abner Doubleday is the ‘Father of Baseball.’"

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Doubleday was the question to a recent Final Jeopardy question on people buried in Arlington Cemetery. Apparently Doubleday's grave mentions his Civil War service but says nothing about sports. You'd think that if he really did invent baseball, it would be mentioned on his tombstone.
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Or, you know, he would have heard of it. Or ever actually played the game in his life.
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