Abner Doubleday: Mythical Founder of Baseball


Born on this day was Abner Doubleday
Who invented America's pastime, some say.
Of course we're our Mom and our apple pie slice,
But to symbolize us, I think, it  would suffice.*

*"Baseball? It's just a game---as simple as a ball and a bat. Yet, as complex as the American spirit it symbolizes. It's a sport, business---and sometimes even religion."  Ernie Harwell

Nothing in our daily life offers more of the comfort of continuity, the generational connection of belonging to a vast and complicated American family, the powerful sense of home, the freedom from time's constraints, and the great gift of accumulated memory than does our National Pastime."

-- Ken Burns


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  • This one's for Jack.

    Q: What did Jesus say to the Cubs last time he was on Earth?
    A: “Don’t do anything til I get back.”

  • In reply to 4zen:

    David De Jesus?

    Also, Googling indicates...

  • In reply to jack:

    Googling indicates levity, if you want the Library of Congress, I'm sure Sonia Sotomayor has a fun blog...

  • In reply to 4zen:

    So this is why they're so God-awful?

  • What did Jesus say to the Cubs the last time he was on Earth?

    Baseball? Don't make me laugh.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    As I implied above, the quotation was not original, and that Jesus was about 1800 years before the purported invention of baseball.

    But as implied, it could have been another Haysoos.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    I'll admit that I reworked the quotation for use on yesterday's CTA Tattler, though.

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