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Doubleday- General Abner Doubleday of the Union Army during the American Civil War. He fired the first shot in defense of Fort Sumter, the opening battle of the war.

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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

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Union Leaders: Major General Abner Doubleday

Major General Abner Doubleday was a Union officer during the Civil War who first saw action at Fort Sumter and is sometimes associated with the origins of baseball.

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Abner Doubleday :: New York State Military Museum, On reverse: 'Abner Doubleday, Major General Vols and Lieut Col 17th Inf U.S.A., Mary Doubleday, nee Hewitt, 1863.'