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1857 ‘Laws of Base Ball’ Rewrites History; Could Sell for $1M+

Mar 15, 2016

In Cooperstown, N.Y., the National Baseball Hall of Fame displays a plaque dedicated to Alexander Joy Cartwright Jr. that dubs him the ”Father of Modern Base Ball.” Further text cast on the regal monument credits Cartwright as having “set bases 90 feet apart” and “established 9 innings as game and 9 players as team.” However, through the research efforts of SCP Auctions and renowned baseball historian John Thorn, new discoveries of the 160-year-old documents titled “Laws of Base Ball” have confirmed that the invention of baseball’s most fundamental rules have been wrongly credited.


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