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There has been much speculation about the origin of baseball In 1907 a special commission decided that the modern game was invented by Abner Doubleday a West Point cadet at Cooperstown NY in 1839The Story of Baseball One hundred years later the National Baseball Museum was opened at Cooperstown to honor Doubleday Historians however disagree about the origin of baseball Some say that baseball comes from bat-and-ball games of ancient times It is a matter of record that in the 1700s English boys played a game they called baseball Americans have played a kind of baseball since about 1800 At first the American game had different rules and different names in various parts of the country--town ball rounders or one old cat Youngsters today still play some of these simplified forms of the gameThe Story of Baseball Baseball did not receive a standard set of rules until 1845 when Alexander Cartwright organized the Knickerbocker Baseball Club of New York City The rules Cartwright set up for his nine-player team were widely adopted by other clubs and formed the basis of modern baseball The game was played on a diamond infield with the bases 90 feet apart The first team to score 21 runs was declared the winner By 1858 the National Association of Baseball Players was formed with 25 amateur teams The Cincinnati Red Stocking pay players in 1869Franchise Information In 1871 ten clubs formed the National Association of Professional Baseball Players Five years later the present National League NL was organized chiefly by William Hulbert and Albert Spalding The American League AL organized in 1900 under the direction of Ban Johnson played its first season in 1901Franchise Information In the first major league change in 50 years the Boston Braves NL moved to Milwaukee in 1953 After the 1953 season the St Louis Browns AL became the Baltimore Orioles The Philadelphia Athletics AL became the Kansas City Athletics in 1955 In 1958 the Brooklyn
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