The year is 1899. It is the beginning 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. The Western League, an Elite League operates in a state of subversive-partnership with the National League, indirectly competing with it.
The Canadian Amateur Hockey League replaces the the Amateur Hockey Association of Canada as the new Elite League for Hockey. Competition for top talent in Hockey remains as the Western Pennsylvania Hockey League, as a Top Player League, returns for play after a two year hiatus.
The Western Pennsylvania Professional Football Circuit returns for another year of play, as the first Top Player League for Football.
In Basketball we see the establishment and expansion of the sport with the National Basketball League, the first-ever organized Top Player League for Basketball. The sport was created only in 1891 and did not follow Baseball and Hockey, skipping the Proto-League and Elite League stages. Instead a professional top league was created with none of its teams helping development of an Elite or Major level league, thus leaving no legacy. Play started in December 1898 but as most of the games happened in 1899, FanSeeStats will track by that year.
This would be the first time we see league play across all of the Big Sports.
The Canadian Amateur Hockey League (CAHL) was formed 124 years ago, to replace the Amateur Hockey Association of Canada (AHAC) when the member clubs disagreed with admitting certain teams to the league.
Leagues in Operation
Year 17 of play across the Independent and Minor League system of Baseball took place 124 years ago.
Year 10 of play for the Western Pennsylvania Professional Football Circuit (WPPFC) took place 124 years ago.
Year 6 of play for the Western League (WL) took place 124 years ago.
Year 2 of play for the Western Pennsylvania Hockey League (WPHL) took place 124 years ago.
Year 1 of play for the Canadian Amateur Hockey League (CAHL) took place 124 years ago.
Leagues that Folded
League Champions and Other Events
NL Champion: Brooklyn Superbas
WL Champion: Indianapolis Hoosiers
CAHL Champion: Montreal Shamrocks
WPPFC Champion: Duquesne Country and Athletic Club
NBL Champion: Trenton Nationals