This day in baseball: Baseball’s father is born

Considered the “father of baseball” by many, Alexander Cartwright was born on April 17, 1820 in New York City.  Cartwright would go on to codify the first set of written baseball rules, known as the “Knickerbocker Rules” or the “Cartwright Rules,” for the game as we know it today.  He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1938.

New York Times


2 Comments on “This day in baseball: Baseball’s father is born”

  1. steve says:

    always amazed by the history of a walk; from something like 9 balls to 8, 7, 6 and finally 4.

    • Yes, I believe it was something like that. At one point, even, walks counted against a hitter — an at-bat but no hit. Finally, someone stood up and said, “Okay, that’s a bit ridiculous.”


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