From SABR member John Thorn at Our Game (MLB.com) on September 13, 2011:
1. When was baseball first played in America?
A game by that name was documented in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in 1791 but was probably played in that state way earlier. A game called baste or baste ball, which was probably just a regional variant spelling, was played at Princeton College in 1786.
2. Who invented baseball?
Neither Abner Doubleday nor Alexander Cartwright … not any one individual, certainly. But three other men had more to do with baseball’s rise than those two: William Rufus Wheaton, Daniel Lucius Adams, and Louis Fenn Wadsworth.
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Originally published: September 13, 2011. Last Updated: September 13, 2011.