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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."

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