On September 15, 1952 — In a Cold War move, the Russians decry the American game of baseball by citing their own game of “lapka” as being the progenitor of baseball. They call American players “slaves.” The State Department links the Soviet claim as the founders of baseball as part of its “Hate America” campaign.

 


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Sources:
Baseball Reference September 15
National Pastime
Retro Sheet
Hall of Fame
SABR Games Project
Replay The Game