On June 9, 2006 at 10:33, scoop city said...
what about watching the NBA finals .....basketball,
a Canadian invented game.... oh and World Series.........baseball,
another game invented by a Canadian..... and
the kicker, watching the Super Bowl ......football,
another game invented by some Canuck!
Sounds like the Canadian school system is writing their own history books! Basketball is the only one I'm going to give you credit for, ehh.
The distinct evolution of baseball from among the various bat-and-ball games is difficult to pin down. However, it is mainly agreed that modern baseball is an American development from earlier British games, such as rounders, with possible influences from cricket.
The earliest known mention of the sport is in a 1744 British publication, A Little Pretty Pocket-Book by John Newbery. It contains a wood-cut illustration of boys playing "base-ball" (showing a similar set-up to the modern game, yet significantly different) and a rhymed description of the sport.
AND AS FOR FOOTBALL (also from wikipedia)
By the early 19th century, North American schools and universities played their own local games, between sides made up of students. By the 1820s, a game known as Ballown was being played at the College of New Jersey (later known as Princeton University) and Old Division Football was being played at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire. In 1827, a Harvard University student composed a humorous epic poem called The Battle of the Delta, one of the first accounts of football in American universities.
The first documented football match in Canada was a game played at University College, University of Toronto on November 9, 1861. A football club was formed at the university soon afterwards, although its rules of play at this stage are unclear: it is not known whether they played a kicking or handling game, or both, and its members mostly played against each other.