Here in this quaint saltbox colonial house in Ballston Spa, New York, Abner Doubleday, the falsely attributed “founder of baseball,” was born in June 16, 1819. A graduate of West Point and a career US Army Officer, Doubelday fought in the Mexican-American War, the Seminole Wars and the American Civil War. He famously fired the first shot in the defense of Fort Sumter in 1861, marking the beginning of the Civil War. Later, he would also play a pivotal role in the early fighting at Gettysburg. 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.