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Founded in 1890, the Black Knights have seen mixed success over the years. The team is a member of the Patriot League in the NCAA Division I. Their stadium, named after the infamous Major General Doubleday (the supposed creator of baseball), was dedicated on the centennial anniversary of baseball.
On December 30, 1907, a panel commissioned by Albert Spalding put forth a paper stating that Doubleday had created baseball in the small town of Cooperstown, New York, in 1839. Not only had he created the sport, but he also termed the word "baseball," wrote the rules, designated player positions, and even designed the diamond himself.
The panel, dubbed the "Mills Commission," was comprised of a tight knit group of baseball figures including: Abraham G. Mills (a former National League president), two baseball stars (George Wright and Alfred Reach), AAU president James E. Sullivan, and two U.S. Senators, Morgan Bulkeley and Arthur Gorman. All of these members had ties to Albert Spalding, who coincidentally was close friends with Doubleday.
Today, baseball historians have concluded the sport was created in its current form in the urban center of New York. The men responsible, however, most likely had nothing to do with West Point cadets or rural farm boys.
While the story may not be true, the historic ties between West Point and the sport of baseball are not to be belittled. Countless have called themselves a part of the Black Knight baseball team over the years, and countless more fortunate souls will find themselves a part of the team for years more to come.