The father must be one of the all-time great players like Ruth, Mantle, or Aaron.
The father of the game is none other than Henry Chadwick. Chadwick was the first ever sports reporter.
But beyond that, Chadwick was a pioneer of baseball, as stated on his Hall of Fame plaque. He enhanced the game by inventing the box score and also writing the first rule-book. He brought forth statistics like batting average and Earned Run Average, staples of the game today.
Chadwick was absolutely instrumental in the spread of baseball. He wrote a book in 1868 called “The Game of Base Ball.” He died in 1908 but his legacy lives on. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee in 1938.
Baseball would not be America’s Pastime without the help of Chadwick. If it were not for him the game might look entirely different or not even exist at all.