The actual answer to this question is shrouded in history. But the BIKE Athletic Company based in Knoxville, TN has stated in its athletic supporter products in recent years that it invented the athletic supporter as we know it in 1874. So I would think that athletes would have begun wearing jockstraps for sports in the late decades of the nineteenth century. I have a book in my personal library entitled: Baseball Archaeology: Artifacts from the Great American Pastime (San Francisco, Chronicle Books, 1993). On pages 38-39 is the first known "Safety Cup" worn by catcher Claude Berry in 1916. I believe this steel athletic cup is enshrined in the Baseball Museum in Cooperstown, NY. One would have to research past editions of the Rules for Major League Baseball for mandatory use of jocks and cups by players for a more accurate clue for this question. Athletic supporters and cups have evolved in sophistication and comfort over the years. Most cups worn by baseball players these days are of the banana cup variety, of which the Original Banana Cup, the BIKE CUP, and the XO Pro Cup are the best examples.
A boy should wear a jock/cup for little league and continue through his life playing sports. As a boy grows and matures like from grades 5 and up a regular jockstrap should be introduced as the Best thing to protect his family jewels. As boys are growing by age 12 if they start wearing boxers a simple swimmer jock should be worn daily under their boxers for support. eg.. Bike swimmer jock or Bike reg straps work great.
The Allegheny Athletic Association fielded the first completely professional roster in 1896.
Baseball was introduced to Japan in 1873 and was played mainly by athletic clubs and pickup teams. The first professional league, called 'Nippon Professional Baseball', began play in 1920 with two teams. THAN THEY REALISED IT WAS BAD
According to Wikipedia, "The earliest known reference to baseball is in a 1744 British publication, A Little Pretty Pocket-Book" whilst American Football can be traced back to the mid 19th Century (1850-ish) as an evolution if association football (soccer) and rugby.As far as professional baseball and football go, professional baseball traces back to the 1850s played by organised baseball clubs, whilst wikipedia has this to say on professional football: "origin of professional football can be traced back to 1892, with William "Pudge" Heffelfinger's $500 contract to play in a game for the Allegheny Athletic Association against the Pittsburgh Athletic Club. The first Professional "league" was the Ohio League, formed in 1903, and the first Professional Football championship game was between the Buffalo Prospects and the Canton Bulldogs in 1919."
Honus Wagner. Wagner signed a contract to endorse Louisville Slugger in 1905. His signature was the first to be used on a bat and he was the first professional athlete to endorse an athletic product.
The Cincinnati Reds are recognized as the first ever professional baseball team.
Yes, they were the first professional baseball franchise
It went professional in 1896 in Trenton, New Jersey. The first professional league was formed in 1898. Before World War I, the Amateur Athletic Union and the Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the United States (forerunner of the National Collegiate Athletic Association) vied for control over the rules for the game. The first professional league, the National Basketball League, was formed in 1898 to protect players from exploitation and to promote a less rough game. This league only lasted five years.
Ohio. The Cincinnati Reds are recognized as the first all professional baseball team.
Baseball was first introduced to Japan in 1872 by Horace Wilson. The first athletic club was formed in 1878.
the first year of the all american girls professional baseball league is in 1998
Lipman Pike was the first Jewish baseball player.
The first professional football game took place on November 12, 1892 between the Allegheny Athletic Association and the Pittsburgh Athletic Club. This game is commonly recognized as the first professional game because one of the Allegheny players, William Heffelfinger, was openly paid $500 to particpate. Click on the 'Pro Football's First Game' link on this page to read more about the game and who the first professional players were that followed Heffelfinger.
Jackie Robinson's first played professional baseball for the Montreal Royals of the International League in 1946.
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The Cincinnati Red Stockings 1869 Click on the 'First Professional Baseball Team' link on this page to read about the Cincinnati Red Stockings.
The Cincinnati reds were the first baseball club to pay a player, therefor making it the first professional team in major league baseball.
The Cincinnati Red Stockings
The Cincinnati Red Stockings
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The first "professional" baseball team was the Cincinnati Red Stockings that was formed as early as 1876 a few years before and organized professional baseball league was formed.