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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".

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The NABBP was the first organization to govern the sport and to establish a championship.

The 1857 convention also established three key features of the game: 90 feet between the bases, 9-man teams, and 9-inning games (under the Knickerbocker Rules, games were played to 21 runs).

One of these clubs, the Chicago White Stockings, won the championship in 1870.

Today known as the Chicago Cubs, they are the oldest team in American organized sports.

The games, which took place between the all stars of Brooklyn, including players from the Atlantic, Excelsior, Putnam and Eckford clubs, and the All Stars of New York (Manhattan), including players from the New York Knickerbockers, Gothams, Eagles and Empire, are commonly believed to the first all star baseball games.

Before the Civil War, baseball competed for public interest with cricket and regional variants of baseball, notably town ball played in Philadelphia and the Massachusetts Game played in New England.

The club was founded on September 23, 1845, as a social club for the upper middle classes of New York City, and was strictly amateur until it disbanded.

The club's by-laws committee, which included William R. Tucker, formulated the Knickerbocker Rules, which in large part dealt with organizational matters but which also laid out rules for playing the game.

The myth about Doubleday inventing the game of baseball actually came from a Colorado mining engineer.

The first team to play baseball under modern rules was long believed to be the New York Knickerbockers.

As late as 1855, the New York press was still devoting more space to coverage of cricket than to baseball.

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