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What came first baseball or cricket?
June 14, 2007 3:42AM
The earliest known reference to 'baseball' was in 1791. The
context of the report was that the game of 'baseball' wasn't to be
allowed within 80 yards of the town's (Pittsfield, Massachusetts)
new meeting hall.
The first documented game, however, didn't come up until 1838.
Cricket is first referenced to in 1300. It was called 'creag' then. It is reported that Edward I's son, Prince Edward, played this game.
So, in answer to your question:
No one knows exactly when cricket 'officially' became a sport, but it can be inferred that cricket came along as long as 500 years before baseball did.