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The tale approximately baseball's being invented in Cooperstown, long island, in 1839 via Abner Doubleday served to turn out that the U.S. nationwide hobby used to be an American online game, now not derived from the English children's online game of rounders as were believed. the story, embraced by means of american citizens, has lengthy been confirmed fake yet to at the present time, Cooperstown is widely known because the birthplace of baseball. the tale has captured the hearts of hundreds of thousands. yet who spun that story and why?

This ebook presents a shocking solution in regards to the origins of America's such a lot sturdy delusion. apparently Abner Graves, who espoused Cooperstown because the birthplace of the sport, most likely was once encouraged by way of one other tale approximately an early online game of baseball. The tales have been remarkably comparable, as have been the boys who instructed them. For the 1st time, this booklet hyperlinks the tales and lives of Graves, a mining engineer, and Adam Ford, a physician, either citizens of Denver, Colorado. whereas the particular origins of the sport of baseball stay topic to discuss and learn, new mild is shed at the resource of baseball's sturdy construction delusion.

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Com Page iii Dedicated to Coach Bob Webster first varsity baseball coach Pacific High School San Bernardino, California (19531955) and University of Southern California "Trojans" pitcher (19451947) Pacific Coast Conference champions and to Fred R. Pettengill Pacific High School's first all-CIF (first team) baseball player (1960) varsity third baseman (19581960) and varsity third baseman University of Oregon "Ducks" (19611962) Pacific Coast Conference in memoriam and with pride from Pacific High School's "Pirates" Page iv Acknowledgments There are many friends, coaches, colleagues, family, storytellers, typists, research aides, umpires, and many others who have given of their time, interest, expertise, stories, and suggestions to complete a baseball text of this type and complexity.

For these are six of the most noteworthy contributors to what we know as "offensive baseball"how to move men around the bases and score runs. Travel with us now back to the year 1890, that baseball season when our modern game was formed. Its rules and structure have really changed little since that year, and there have been very, very few changes in strategy. Between 1869 and 1890, a period of twenty-one years, baseball's offensive game was experiencing many confusing changes, and the professional leagues needed some measure of standardization in strategy and execution of their offensive plays.

He lives with his wife, Thelma. After college graduation in 1947, he coached a number of high school baseball teams and American Legion clubs in Washington, Oregon, and California until 1984, a thirty-seven-year span. Having never played one inning of professional baseball, he will obviously not land in any Baseball Hall of Fame. However, he believes his contributions to the game of baseball to be important. Coach Southworth does believe that a "mere handful" of baseball players and managers, from all who have been in the game these many years, know of the facts or events of our story just unfolded.

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