The year is 1894. It is the early beginnings of organized sports leagues in North America. The National League returns for another year of play, being the first-ever Major Sports League in the Big Sports.
A new Elite League in Baseball, the Western League, is formed and is worthy of note because this league would eventually become a new Major League, when it eventually becomes the American League. FanSeeStats will disagree with other sources that considers the Western League to be only a Top Minor League.
The Amateur Hockey Association of Canada returns for another year of play, as the first Elite League for Hockey.
The Western Pennsylvania Professional Football Circuit returns for another year of play, as the first Top-Player League for Football.
The first sports league not associated with the Big Sports of Baseball, Hockey, and Football is created by the moguls behind Baseball’s National League. The American League of Professional Football did not survive its first season and is listed only because of it being a historical first. This league’s lack of legacy qualifies it to be a member of the Obsolete League Roster.
The Western League (WL) is formed to support Baseball in non-National League markets, 129 years ago. It would go on to eventually form the American League and become a competitor against the National League.
The American League of Professional Football (ALPF) was a Soccer league (known as Association Football in the rest of the world) formed 129 years ago.
Leagues in Operation
Year 12 of play across the Independent and Minor League system of Baseball took place 129 years ago.
Year 8 of play in the Amateur Hockey Association of Canada (AHAC) took place 129 years ago.
Year 5 of play for the Western Pennsylvania Professional Football Circuit (WPPFC) took place 129 years ago.
Year 1 of play for the Western League (WL) took place 129 years ago.
Leagues that Folded
The American League of Professional Football (ALPF) was a Soccer league (known as Association Football in the rest of the world) that folded 129 years ago. Despite it being formed by the moguls behind Baseball’s National League the ALPF folded before it finished its first season. (source)
League Champions and Other Events
NL Champion: Baltimore Orioles
NL Temple Cup: New York Giants
WL Champion: Sioux City Cornhuskers
AHAC Champion: Montreal Hockey Club
WPPFC Champion: Allegheny Athletic Association
No leagues in operation.