4. Some Consider Madison Square To Be The Birthplace of Baseball
Though the origins of the iconic American game of baseball are debatable (with many claiming it all started in Cooperstown), others lend credit to Madison Square Park as baseball’s birthplace in 1845. This is because a young clerk named Alexander Cartwright organized some friends into the Knickerbocker Baseball Club. Using aspects of older games, the men created written rules, many of which still apply to baseball. These rules include the nine-inning game and the requirement that base balls be pitched rather than thrown.
Where did they first starting playing by these rules? In Madison Square at Fifth Avenue and 23rd street.