Businessman Ivers Whitney Adams then courted manager Harry Wright and founded the "Boston Red Stockings" and the Boston Base Ball Club on January 20, 1871.
In 1858, in the Corona neighborhood of Queens (now part of New York City), at the Fashion Race Course, the first games of baseball to charge admission took place.
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In the 1860s, aided by the war, "New York" style baseball expanded into a national game, as its first governing body.
The National Association of Base Ball Players was formed.
By the end of 1865, almost 100 clubs were members of the NABBP.
A 2005 vintage base ball game, played by 1886 rules.
To settle the matter, the two men appointed a commission, headed by Abraham Mills, the fourth president of the National League of Professional Baseball Clubs.
The commission, which also included six other sports executives, labored for three years, after which it declared that Abner Doubleday invented the national pastime. The late Civil War hero "never knew that he had invented baseball".
[But] 15 years [after his death], he was anointed as the father of the game", writes baseball historian John Thorn.
The myth about Doubleday inventing the game of baseball actually came from a Colorado mining engineer.