Blame Canada

Lacrosse’s evolution from Native American pastime to Wall Street rite of passage



Jean de Brébeuf, a Jesuit missionary, observes the first recorded lacrosse game, played by a Huron tribe in Canada.


William George Beers, a Canadian teenager, codifies the rules of the game. Beers wrote, “This game is likely to become the National Game of Canada.”


Ojibwa and Sauk Native Americans play a game at Britain’s Fort Michilimackinac in Michigan. It was a diversion: The tribes launched a successful attack on the fort.


New York University becomes the first American university to field a lacrosse team.


Lacrosse joins the Olympics for just two Games (’04 and ’08). The Canadians win gold both times.


A new rule is instated after Jim Brown overpowers teams with his unheard-of speed — and ability to keep the ball close to his chest.


Major League Lacrosse is founded. The average player’s salary is less than $18,000.


Bunk Moreland, a detective on HBO’s The Wire, reveals that he played lacrosse in high school: “What, a brother can’t run with a stick?”


Dominated by the companies Brine, STX, and Warrior, lacrosse equipment reaches $75 million in yearly U.S. sales.


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