Profile of the Day: Alexander Cartwright

Posted April 17, 2013 by Amanda | One Comment

Alexander Cartwright

On April 17, 1820, Alexander Cartwright, a volunteer firefighter, was born in New York City. Referred to as a “father of baseball,” it is believed Cartwright is the first person to develop a new set of rules that would form the basis for modern baseball, including the use of a diamond-shaped field. For decades, controversy surrounded the origins of America’s national pastime; its invention wrongly attributed to Civil War hero Abner Doubleday. On June 3, 1953, the 83rd United States Congress officially declared Cartwright the inventor of the modern game of baseball.

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  • anna cartwright

    Hes My Great Grandaddy!!! And His Daddy was theOriginal Captain of the Enterprise!!!Put that in your Records…as I have My Family Geneology dating back to Mark Anthony Cleopatra days!!! Enough said :-)