Seventh in our series to appear on the first Friday of each month: Boston Firsts Fridays. #BostonFirsts
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BF#07 First American Football Club – “The Boston Game”
Mere days after the World Series has ended and a day before the duck boats head out with the 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox, we are already looking to the horizon, wondering how far the other professional Boston sports franchises may go this year. First to be tested will be the New England Patriots, so it’s fitting that we take a moment to reflect on the sport’s origins as “The Boston Game”.
Football (that is, the sport where you use only your foot) began in Europe, of course. So did “mob football”, “association football”, soccer, rugby and most games that in some way involved nearly killing your opponent while ostensibly vying for possession of an inflated ball. These sports migrated across the pond and the fine old traditions of violence and bloodshed followed. The games grew so violent that most universities banned them outright.
American football as we now know it can be traced to a mash-up of rugby & football (nee Soccer) styled kicking & running games, referred to simply as “The Boston Game”, and the first practitioners were the Oneida Football Club. Formed in 1862, the club played on Boston Common, initially amongst themselves and eventually against all opponents. While the rules were quite different than those practiced at Foxboro today, the game they played would be quite recognizable to modern fans of the game.
Fun fact: In the Boston game, the first team to score two goals won.