Cartwright: ‘The Father of Modern Baseball’

    Last week, we debunked the myth that Abner Doubleday invented the modern game of baseball.
    While there are many theories, it seems most likely that our modern game baseball evolved from the game of rounders, which was an offshoot of cricket. Rounders was played in the American colonies, perhaps as early as the 1730s. A batter had to hit a pitched ball and then tag as many as five bases. Fielders tried to hit the batter with the ball before he could tag all of the bases.

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