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Upgrade Given to Cemetery Monument of 'Baseball's First Star'

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The man known by historians as baseball's first star got an upgrade to his Brooklyn monument Tuesday.

Jim Creighton was both a top hitter and pitcher during his playing days in the mid-19th century.

His marble monument at Green-Wood Cemetery was restored and revealed Tuesday.

Historians said the monument had been missing its top piece for roughly a century.

It now includes a pair of crossed bats, a base, a scorebook and a plaque with the words "America's First Baseball Star."

"Creighton became not only a great player, but became a national hero because the sporting press was developing at this time, so he became a media star," said MLB historian John Thorn.

"No one has a memory of the top of the monument being up there, but we do have, fortunately, a photograph, and from that photograph, we were able to scale what that should look like," said Green-Wood Cemetery historian Jeff Richman.

In 1862, Creighton collapsed after rounding the bases following a home run. He died several days later of an undiagnosed hernia.

He was just 21 years old.

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