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June 26 was the 200th anniversary of Abner Doubleday’s birth. Doubleday was widely–and erroneously–credited with inventing the game of baseball. The Laws of Base Ball, written by Daniel “Doc” Adams, physician and baseball-league organizer, established the basic rules of the game as played today. The true inventor of baseball remains in doubt, and baseball historian Harold Seymour has said that the search “would be equivalent to trying to locate the discoverer of fire.” In reality, Abner Doubleday was a decorated Civil War general best known for returning the first cannon fire during the Confederate bombardment on Fort Sumter in 1861. Because Doubleday lived near Cooperstown, NY, this became the location of the Baseball Hall of Fame, furthering cementing the myth of the origins of the game.

Tip your baseball cap to our nation’s pastime by watching these baseball-themed DVDs from the Library:

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The Babe
Bang the Drum Slowly
The Benchwarmers
Bull Durham
The Catcher Was a Spy
Cop Out
Damn Yankees
Dealin’ with Idiots
Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend
Eight Men Out
Everybody Wants Some!
Fever Pitch
Field of Dreams
For the Love of the Game
Home Run
It Happens Every Spring
Jackie Robinson
A League of Their Own
Long Time Coming
Major League
Mickey
Million Dollar Arm
Moneyball
The Natural
The Phenom
The Pride of the Yankees
The Rookie
Sugar
Take Me Out to the Ball Game
Trouble with the Curve
The Winning Team