Abner Doubleday (June 26, 1819 – January 26, 1893) was a career United States Army officer and Union general in the American Civil War. He fired the first shot in defense of Fort Sumter, the opening battle of the war, and had a pivotal role in the early fighting at the Battle of Gettysburg.
Abner Doubleday, Civil War general and abolitionist who famously ordered the first Union shots in defense of Fort Sumter. He has been incorrectly credited with inventing baseball at Cooperstown, New York, in 1839. He was attending West Point at that time and never claimed any involvement with baseball.
Myth: Baseball was invented by Abner Doubleday This myth has been widely spread since 1907 and even today is sometimes presented by such people as Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig. The fact of the matter is there is no record of Civil War General Abner Doubleday having anything to do with baseball. This includes [&hellip