Hi, this is Chris Richard with Personal Pitcher and what year was baseball recognized with the officials and leagues? Well back in 1846 Alexander Cartwright came up with the first established rules called the Knickerbocker rules and in 1846 the following year the first official game was recorded between the Knickerbockers and he New York Nine. Knickerbockers lost 23 to 1 so not a great start for Alexander Cartwright's team there. In the 1850s New York went crazy for baseball. Journalists were calling it the National pass time back then, lots of teams, lots of minor leagues started to happen but the first official league that started was in 1857, The National Ballplayer's Association. Now, however, that league had a lot of issues, alcohol, gambling, players jumping contracts to other teams. So in 1876 National League owners got together in a secret meeting to establish their own league. So The National League as we know it today started in 1876. Now that had its own issues as two years later only two charter members remained and they had gambling issues. they had teams that couldn't make a trip out West so they just cancelled the trip because they were you know, low on finances. They got kicked out. So a lot of things were happening then. It was really the Wild West of baseball but as we know it today, 1876 was the National League and then in 1901 was The American League and the first World Series happened in 1903. So over 100 years ago and over 150 years ago, baseball really took its roots.