The Auburn Doubledays are named after Civil War Hero, Abner Doubleday.
Doubleday was born in June 1819 and grew up in Auburn, NY. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY in 1842 and started his military career in the Mexican-American War in 1846.
Doubleday most notably went down in history as the captain who fired the first shot in defense of Fort Sumter, the opening battle of the Civil War, and had a pivotal role in the early fighting at the Battle of Gettysburg.
In 1908, 15 years after his death, Doubleday was declared to have invented the game of baseball (a claim never made by Doubleday during his lifetime).
While this claim has been thoroughly debunked by baseball historians, the myth lives on through the team's official mascot, Abner. Abner wears number 96 in honor of the birth of the team in 1996.