On August 16, 1898, Henry Chadwick wrote me responding to my letter congratulating him on the title of Father of Base Ball. Mr. Chadwick wrote:
“That title of ‘Father of Base Ball’ is out of place. Base like Topsy ‘never had no fader’ it growed up.”
Mr.Chadwick was being modest, however there were others who could share that title. The entire letter can be read here.