Brother Alexander Cartwright
April 17th 1820 – July 12th 1892
Father of Baseball
The rules of the modern game were thought to be based on the Knickerbocker Rules developed by Brother Alexander Cartwright and a committee from his club, the Knickerbocker Base Ball Club, in 1845, although this is also disputed. With the myth of Brother Abner Doubleday inventing baseball debunked, Cartwright was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame as a pioneering contributor 46 years after his death. Although it has been stated in secondary sources that Cartwright was officially declared the inventor of the modern game of baseball by the 83rd United States Congress on June 3, 1953.