Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Thorn: The Letters of Abner Graves

Worst Abner ever, until Shawn came along.

The following are the two letters submitted by Abner Graves in 1905 describing the purported invention of baseball by Abner Doubleday…. Graves’ original spelling and punctuation are largely preserved. These letters may be termed the invention of the invention of baseball, as prior to this date no one had imagined that the game sprung from the mind of a lone individual at a specific point in time.

Greg Franklin Posted: February 21, 2013 at 01:34 PM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: history, origins, primary sources

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. The Yankee Clapper Posted: February 21, 2013 at 06:00 PM (#4373633)
When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.
   2. AndrewJ Posted: February 21, 2013 at 06:49 PM (#4373646)
It's entirely possible Doubleday was exposed to the New York rules for baseball while a cadet at West Point and introduced them to the Cooperstown kids while on leave. A five-year-old Graves then saw this and concluded, "Doubleday invented baseball."
   3. Betts, Bogaerts, and D Price(GGC) Posted: February 21, 2013 at 07:30 PM (#4373662)
AndrewJ, I think what is more likely is that it was the other, younger Abner Doubleday who showed the game to the local kids at Phinney's farm.

This is my cue to link this. A guy meticulously deconstructs family legends about ANOTHER Abner Doubleday (the general's grandfather), yet repeats the baseball legend at the end. There is a Doubleday Road in Columbia, Connecticut. Until I stumbled across that link, I had no idea that it was named after his relatives.
   4. AndrewJ Posted: February 21, 2013 at 08:31 PM (#4373681)
AndrewJ, I think what is more likely is that it was the other, younger Abner Doubleday who showed the game to the local kids at Phinney's farm.

That's also extremely probable.
   5. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: February 21, 2013 at 11:15 PM (#4373729)
baseball was invented by Columbus, while looking for a shorter route to India--the quintessential Vespuccian game

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Kiko Sakata
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOMNICHATTER 5-28-16
(187 - 10:02pm, May 28)
Last: cardsfanboy

NewsblogOT: NBA Playoffs Thread 2016
(2659 - 10:01pm, May 28)
Last: 'zop sympathizes with the wrong ####### people

NewsblogOTP 2016 May 23: Baseball owners hear from Democratic, Republican strategists
(1286 - 9:51pm, May 28)
Last: McCoy

NewsblogAtkins on Blue Jays’ reputation: ‘I think we’re misunderstood’ - Sportsnet.ca
(22 - 9:46pm, May 28)
Last: Benji Gil Gamesh VII - The Opt-Out Awakens

NewsblogHector Olivera’s suspension doesn’t fully clarify future with Braves | Jeff Schultz blog
(17 - 9:10pm, May 28)
Last: Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play

NewsblogRemington: How to Lose Fans and Alienate People: The 2016 Atlanta Braves
(11 - 8:55pm, May 28)
Last: Bug Selig

NewsblogTwins suspend pitching coach Neil Allen after DWI arrest
(13 - 8:35pm, May 28)
Last: bigglou115

NewsblogOT: Soccer March/April 2016
(1261 - 8:18pm, May 28)
Last: frannyzoo

NewsblogWade Boggs feels ‘back home’ as Red Sox retire his No. 26 at Fenway Park
(56 - 7:58pm, May 28)
Last: Dennis Eclairskey, closer

Sox TherapyMore About Guys Who Are Not Major Leaguers
(18 - 7:31pm, May 28)
Last: Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site

NewsblogQuestions for the Cubs before they open a giant outdoor bar | Chicago Sun-Times
(8 - 5:19pm, May 28)
Last: PreservedFish

NewsblogUncompetitive Minor League Wages Might Be Deterring Talent
(65 - 5:11pm, May 28)
Last: Joe Kehoskie

NewsblogBaseball Prospectus | Tools of Ignorance: The Team-Mandated Player Opt-Out
(8 - 3:35pm, May 28)
Last: bbmck

NewsblogTony LaRussa invades booth to argue with Pirates braodcaster
(31 - 2:18pm, May 28)
Last: Tom Nawrocki

NewsblogStew Thornley's macabre adventure: Visiting every dead baseball Hall of Famer's grave
(55 - 11:06am, May 28)
Last: Scott Lange

Page rendered in 0.2526 seconds
47 querie(s) executed