Who started it?
In America, baseball started as a combination of cricket and rounders. These games were brought here by European settlers. The formal rules of baseball were set by the New York Knickerbocker Baseball Club. Baseball was not “invented.” It grew from different kinds of games played with a ball and a stick. These games were played ever since there were rocks and sticks. A stickball game before baseball, was England in 1796. This game was “Englische baseball." The rules were very much like our baseball.
How did he think of the idea? Abner Doubleday did not invent baseball. He was a Civil war Hero and the Mill’s Commision wanted to give him credit. They were his very close friends.
When did it start?
In June 19, 1846 was the official game in Hoboken NJ. It was between the New York baseball club the Knic.
Where did it start?
How and when did it become a professional sport?
Baseball spread after American Civil War.
Who was the first professional team? The professional team was Cincinnati Red Stocking the players earning $1,400.00 a year.