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Circa 1865 Abner Doubleday CDV

Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $464.00

This circa 1865 carte-de-visite photograph of Abner Doubleday features a vignette portrait of the Civil War general in his formal military attire. Doubleday is credited with firing the first shot at Fort Sumter during the Civil War, and also saw action in Fredericksburg and Gettysburg. In 1907 the Mills Commission named him the inventor of baseball. Despite all the evidence to the contrary, the myth still persists to this day. While most scholars agree that Doubleday did not invent the game of baseball, his name is still very much a part of baseball lore, especially in its connection to the Hall of Fame. When Doubleday passed away in 1893, his obituary described him as a man "who did not care for outdoor sports." "Doubleday" is neatly written in pencil on the blank reverse. 2.5 x 4 inches. Excellent condition. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $464.00


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