Who invented baseball and when?
The official explanation is that Gen. Abner Doubleday invented
Baseball in Cooperstown, NY.
In reality, this is a complete myth. Doubleday likely never
played Baseball in his life. However, he was a very popular figure
and war hero, and adding his name helped lend respectability to the
Baseball actually has no inventor and no single point of origin.
Bat and ball games were played for many years in Europe and The
Americas in the 18th century. The first recorded mention of the
word "Baseball" comes from the 1744 "A Pretty Little Pocket Book,"
where it mentioned a bat and ball game. However, this game has very
little to do with actual baseball.
Local areas in America began to develop different bat and ball
games throughout the years and sometimes would get together into
regional tournaments. There was little standardization in the rules
and the games often resembled modern Baseball very little.
This all changed during The Civil War when young men from all
around the country began to come together and socialize. Different
Baseball concepts were shared and the game began to take on a more
standardized feel as inter-regiment tournaments began.
Al Spalding would market the first baseball kits, which included
standardized rules and the basic equipment needed for the 19th
The modern rules were formalized in 1901 when the second major
league (The American League) formed, and have undergone very little