by John Thorn
Jack Clements, a player on the Philadelphia Quakers, poses at a photography studio in Boston in the days before players carried mitts onto the baseball diamond.
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March 16, 2011 Baseball's official historian, John Thorn, sets the record straight on the game's earliest days ... in the 1700s. Yes, that's right, baseball started decades before Abner Doubleday supposedly created the game at Cooperstown — and it only became popular when professional gamblers took an interest.
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