The first ever recorded sports bets, took place on 10 September
1858, by two spectators watching a game between the Brooklyn
Eckfords and the New York Mutuals, placed a 100$ bet as to
whether or not John Holden would hit a home run. Holden himself
was assured 25$ if he hit, he did and after the game all the
debts were settled.
In 1865 again, in a match between the same teams, three players
from the Mutuals agreed to deliberately loose a game in return
of $100 each.
After the scandal involving ...Read the rest of this entry »