In North America, previous to 1857 the rise of leisure time allowed for people to play more sports for personal enjoyment. Yet the idea of organizing this play with teams and into a formal structure had not yet been adopted. Tracking individual achievements was done in Boxing, but tracking how well a team did with a win/lose record would only get its start in 1857.

While FanSeeStats is about tracking Sports Leagues, you can’t have a Sports League without the Sport being established first. Below is the listing of the first recorded games in each sport before they got formally established in leagues and professionalism, previous to and after 1857.

1709Cricket (from Britain)
1860sFootball, Association (from Britain)
1862Football, American
1862Football, Canadian
The Starts of Sports Before League Play

History of Sports / The 1850s