With the desire to put to rest the debate and provide proof of baseball's beginning in America by an American, Albert Spalding - founder of the National League and one of the most powerful men in the baseball business - formed a commission in 1905 headed by former National League President Abraham G. Mills. Interestingly, all of the "Mills Commission" members were of the opinion that it was truly an American game.
The Mills Commission had the story that they were searching for. Although there were many inconsistences in Graves story, no one from the commission ever corresponded, interviewed or met with Graves (who by the way was only 5 years of age in 1839). They had their American to base the beginnings of the game on and end the debate. The final report was issued on December 30, 1907. Graves was not mentioned by name in the report, and at the time the country was still naive as to the actual origins of the game. Abner Doubleday, meanwhile, never claimed to have "invented" the game and he never mentioned Baseball in any of his extensive diaries. Interestingly, in 1839 Doubleday was enrolled in the military academy at West Point in 1839 and not even in Cooperstown, NY.
Perhaps over time, baseball will shed its connection with Doubleday. However, he will not be forgotten for his contribution as a soldier. A statue of him stands on the site of the Battle of Gettysburg.