Baseball in the Civil War

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Bats, Balls, and Bullets: Baseball and the Civil War Civil War Times Illustrated: May 1998 pp30-37 In the beginning of his articles, George B. Kirsch, addresses the origins of baseball. For many baseball was created in 1839 in Coopers town, New York by Abner Doubleday. Kirsch quickly points out that Doubleday probably did not invent the modern rules of baseball in 1839 because he was enrolled at West Point in 1838. Kirsch feels that now one person developed …

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…mention that those men that stayed behind to play baseball were not looked upon badly in any way. When the war ended baseball as we know it today was able to flourish. The organization began and various baseball leagues were formed. Kirsch gives baseball a lot of credit for helping to heal the wounds of the nation. He does mention that it wasn't baseball alone, but it did evolve itself into the nations favorite pastime.