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Alexander Cartwright

Inventor of Modern Baseball Alexander Cartwright

Profession: Inventor of Modern Baseball

United States of America

Biography: Though some dispute exists as to who created the modern version of baseball, it is generally agreed that Cartwright developed it along with a committee from his club, the Knickerbocker Base Ball Club, in 1845.

Cartwright was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1938 as the official founder of the modern game.

Born: April 17, 1820
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Star Sign: Aries

Died: July 12, 1892 (aged 72)
Cause of Death: Natural causes

Historical Events

  • 1938-09-13 Alexander Cartwright is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1956-01-19 Hoboken dedicates a plaque honoring achievements of Alexander Cartwright in organizing early baseball at Elysian Field

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