From The Tampa (Fla.) Tribune:
Wade Shares This Moment With ManyFor details of how Abner Doubleday did not invent the game of baseball, see HistoryBuff.com. BTW, Wade, I'll never forgive you for signing with the Yankees.
Published: Aug 1, 2005
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - Some came out of friendship, while others had a sense of duty. They had promised, as much to themselves as to Wade Boggs, that they would be there if this day ever came -- his day to be enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
That day was Sunday.
"Wade is a direct descendent of Abner Doubleday," [his sister Ann Ashton] said. "My grandmother's niece did the research on the family genealogy, and when Miss Hattie -- our mother's mother -- found out that Wade is a direct descendent of Abner Doubleday, she told everybody in Tampa, Fla., that she knew why Wade was able to play baseball."
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