This timeline shows the progression of sports in the United States over time. Because sports in their early days became so prevalent, national leagues were created which in turn became an important part of American culture.
The first collegiate baseball game took place on July 1, 1859, between Amherst College and Williams College. This was one of the last games played under "Massachusettes Rules," which were later deemed as inefficient. Since, a set of new rules has been developed known as the "New York Rules." These rules are known as the baseline of modern day baseball rules that are currently used.
First College Football Game
The first college football game was played on November 6, 1869. The Rutgers faced Princeton University. The game's original rules were developed based off of early versions of Rugby and Soccer. At the time of this game, the first team to reach six goals was declared the winner. Since, American football rules have developed to become much more specific to its own sport.
First Professional Baseball League
The first Professional Baseball League was formed in 1871. At this time, teams were divided into two subdivisions, the American and the National. Teams within the divisions competed against one another, then the winner of each division played each other in the World Series. The two teams that competed in the World Series were known as the "pennant winners."
In December of 1891, Dr. James Naismith invented the sport of basketball. Originally intended to help athletes condition during Winter months, it was created with only 13 rules. The game continued to develop and its popularity spread throughout America during the 20th century.
The American Professional Football Associated was formed in 1920. At the time of its creation, there were only 14 teams. The APFA later became known as the NFL. The NFL has continued to grow and currently has 32 teams.
National Basketball Association
In 1946, the National Basketball Association, otherwise known as the NBA, was established. Since, it has become a multi-billion dollar industry, thus becoming the most significant basketball league in the world. This title is determined by its success in popularity, talent, and competition level.
First Super Bowl
On January 15, 1967, the first National Football League Super Bowl was played. The Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs at the Los Angeles Memorial Colosseum. The Packers beat the Chiefs 35-10 and took the title of Super Bowl I Champions.