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A.G. Mills

A.G. Mills (Executive. Born, New York, NY, Mar. 12, 1844; died, Falmouth, MA, Aug. 26, 1929.) One of the formative figures in the early history of American sports, Col. Abraham G. Mills served (1862-65) in the Civil War as a youth. Mills then graduated from Columbian Law School (now part of George Washington U.) in [...]

Bob Henderson

Bob Henderson (Librarian.  Born, South Shields, England, Dec. 25, 1888; died, Hartford, CT, Aug. 18, 1985.)  Coming to New York as a youth, Robert William Henderson joined the staff of the New York Public Library in 1911.  Henderson became engaged by the history of sports, particularly baseball.  He wrote a monograph in 1939 that debunked the [...]

Abner Doubleday

Abner Doubleday (Mythology.  Born, Cooperstown, NY, June 26, 1819; died, Mendham, NJ, Jan. 26, 1893.)  A genuine Civil War hero, Abner Doubleday is falsely credited with the “invention” of modern baseball in 1839 at Cooperstown, N.Y.  Though his accomplishments were many and laudable, this achievement was not among them.  It is a myth wholly without [...]

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