On This Date 6/12/1839
According to legend, Abner Doubleday, a student at the U.S. Military Academy, invents a new game while on vacation in the pastoral town of Cooperstown, New York. The new sport that Doubleday plays with his friends is baseball. The legend was based on an eye-witness account given to the Mills Commission, which was looking to find the story behind the creation of baseball. In truth, baseball evolved from older sports like rounders and cricket.