Abner Doubleday – Hit or Myth?

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28 Washington Street
Ballston Spa, New York
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Birthplace
Major-Gen Abner Doubleday
Ballston Spa June 26 1819
Founder of Baseball 1839
A Civil War hero at Battle of Gettysburg 1863

Erected

By State Education Department — Date unknown

What was there

The birthplace and childhood home of Abner Doubleday, who was erroneously credited with the invention of baseball.  As second-in-command at Fort Sumter, however, he ordered the firing of the Union’s first shots which marked the start of the Civil War.

What is there now

The structure still stands and is home to a Colden Corporation office. (10/2012)

More information

In this 1861 magazine cover Capt. Abner Doubleday is at the far left of the front row. (National Park Service)

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