The year is 1890. It is the early beginnings of organized sports leagues in North America with Baseball providing the first-ever Major Sports League and league rivalry. This year saw that rivalry intensify as the older, established National League and the upstart American Association, were challenged by a new league called the Players’ League. The older two leagues culminated with their seventh and final World Series.
The Amateur Hockey Association of Canada, as the first Elite League for Hockey, returns for another year of play.
In Football we see the establishment and expansion of the sport with the Western Pennsylvania Professional Football Circuit, the first-ever organized Top Player League for Football. The sport was created in 1869 and being dominated by college play did not follow the evolution of Baseball and Hockey, skipping the Proto-League and Elite League stages.
The first-ever Top Player League for Football is created when the Western Pennsylvania Professional Football Circuit (WPPFC) was established 133 years ago.
Leagues in Operation
Year 9 of play in the American Association of Base Ball Clubs (AA) took place 133 years ago.
Year 8 of play across the Independent and Minor League system of Baseball took place 133 years ago.
Year 4 of play in the Amateur Hockey Association of Canada (AHAC) took place 133 years ago.
Year 1 of play for the Players’ League (PL) took place 133 years ago.
Year 1 of play for the Western Pennsylvania Professional Football Circuit (WPPFC) took place 133 years ago.
Leagues that Folded
League Champions and Other Events
NL Champion: Brooklyn Bridegrooms
AA Champion: Louisville Colonels
PL Champion: Boston Reds
World Series Champion: Tied
AHAC Champion: Montreal Hockey Club
WPPFC Champion: Allegheny Athletic Association
No leagues in operation.