Here is a timeline of some of the firsts in the world of sports. See also the timeline of sports history.
|The first Olympic Games is held at Athens.
|The first Oxford-Cambridge rowing race was held on the Thames River, London
|The Grand National horse race was first run
|The first recorded game of organized baseball was played at Elysian Fields, New Jersey.
|The first America's Cup yacht race was held
|The first modern game of ice hockey was played in Kingston, Ontario
|The first match of Australian Rules Football was played
|The first-ever Open Championship golf tournament for men was held
|the first Melbourne Cup horse race was run
|The first American football game was played between McGill University and Harvard.
|The Kentucky Derby was held for the first time.
|The first organized ice hockey game is played in Montreal, ON, Canada.
|Baseball's National League in the US started
|The first Wimbledon tennis event was held
|The first Test match was played, between Australia and England.
|The first year that the men's US National Tennis Championships was held (the precursor to the US Open)
|The first year that the women's US National Tennis Championships was held (the precursor to the US Open)
|The first-ever US golf open was held
|the first Boston marathon was run.
|the first Olympic Games were held in Athens, Greece.
|The Tour de France was held for the first time
|The Baseball World Series was played for the first time
|the first year that the Australian Open Tennis Championship was held
|the USPGA was held for the first time
|The first game of the National Football League (NFL)
|the first year that a women's event was held at the Australian Open tennis
|the first year that the French Tennis tournament that was open to all amateur players
|The first-ever US Golf Masters was held.
|the first year that the Super Bowl was held.
- a timeline of sports in history
- History of Sport
- Timeline (all years) in the world of sport
- For future sporting events, see the Calendar of Major Sporting Events
- More about the World of Sport