Abner Doubleday Birthplace

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For those of you interested in the tiny house movement, there’s no shortage of historic precedent for small, attractive homes. The average size of an American single-family home has grown exponentially over the years, but most of our ancestors managed to live in what we now consider pretty small homes. Take this small house in Ballston Spa, NY as an example.

Tiny House Abner Doubleday birthplace

Abner Doubleday Birthplace

The house was the birthplace of Abner Doubleday, the man whom the invention of baseball is falsely attributed and who served a very significant role in the Civil War. According to the Wikipedia entry, the Doubledays lived in a single room with an attic loft at the time little Abner was born here in 1819; whether the house was a duplex as it now appears or a single-family residence is unclear. Either way, the house appears to have originally been only a single room deep and is quite small for a modern-day family.

Side elevation of the Doubleday House – the rear shed roofed portion of the house appears to be an addition, most likely from around 1900-1920 based on the rusticated block used for the foundation.

Abner Doubleday was a graduate of West Point and a career US Army Officer that fought in the Mexican-American War, the Seminole Wars and the American Civil War. He fired the first shot in the defense of Fort Sumter in 1861, starting the fighting in the American Civil War. He also commanded troops during the Battle of Gettysburg. More about his well-documented career can be found online.

The idea that Doubleday invented the game of baseball in Cooperstown, NY in 1839 was proposed in 1908 by Albert Spalding and a group of baseball businessmen to publicize the game. No documentation, including Doubleday’s numerous papers, has ever linked him to the game of baseball, although the myth has made him a household name.

Historic Marker at the Abner Doubleday House states the popular myth that Doubleday invented the game of baseball

Posted on June 27, 2011 5:01 pm

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