The year is 1857. It is the beginning of organized sports leagues in North America. There are no Major Sports Leagues at all but this year is significant because Baseball is the first of the Big Sports to establish the first-ever Proto-League. The National Association of Base Ball Players was formed in New York City, the biggest city in North America. Baseball was American’s Pastime because everyone was playing and over time it became a a spectator activity. Baseball would blaze the way for the establishment of sports leagues and professionalism.
Leagues in Operation
Leagues that Folded