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The Year in Sports Leagues
Entries added from 1857 to 1899
Located at Blog.FanSeeStats.com
This page lists each year from 1857 to 1899 where we find the beginnings of organized sport with Baseball leading the way for the first twenty-five years. Then in the 1880s we see Hockey and then Football establish themselves with their own leagues. It isn’t until the very end of the century that we see Basketball get its first league.
It is amazing to think back about the humble and tentative roots of Baseball and Hockey as they establish their leagues. Both of these sports started off as pure amateur endeavors but then struggled with the rise of professionalism in their sport. As the professional teams came to dominate play, other teams were forced to also adopt professionalism to keep up. Professional teams then only wanted to play against worthy competition since it was competitive games between great athletes that fans were willing to pay to watch. This lead to the first professional leagues that are still in existence today.
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