28 Washington Street
Ballston Spa, New York
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Major-Gen Abner Doubleday
Ballston Spa June 26 1819
Founder of Baseball 1839
A Civil War hero at Battle of Gettysburg 1863
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)
- There is no evidence whatsoever that Abner Doubleday invented baseball. He, himself, never made the claim, his obituary does not mention it, nor was he ever inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. A West Point graduate, and prominent figure in the Civil War, he died in 1893 at the age of 73 and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
- Abner Doubleday – Wikipedia
- Abner Doubleday – Military History
- So, who REALLY invented baseball?
- Doubleday’s Arlington grave
- Monument to Doubleday at Gettysburg
- Doubleday’s obituary – NY Times – January 28, 1893
- Hit or Myth? Myth. Abner Doubleday did not invent baseball.
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