The Origin of Baseball

Based in Oklahoma City, OK, William D. Jones MD has operated his office in the area for more than 20 years. Active in many local organizations, William D. Jones MD enjoys watching baseball for national teams and playing for and coaching local teams.

Baseball is the result of global influences and a history heavily shaped by individuals who wanted the honor of inventing it. Variants of baseball existed in England, and multiple American colonies, in the 18th century, so no one individual created the sport.

Consistently written records of baseball began to appear in America in 1750. However, it was mainly played by children and did not gain popularity until the 19th century, when gamblers began betting on the outcomes of games and players’ performance. Once gamblers monetized the sport for spectators, adults had a reason to watch, and become invested, in games.

In 1905, the British sportswriter Henry Chadwick, and baseball executive Albert Spalding, gathered a commission to find out who created baseball. After a three-year-long investigation, they found that Abner Doubleday had created it. However, further research uncovered that Spalding manipulated the commission by having people close to Doubleday fabricate documents recounting his inventing the sport in the following decades.

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