Began in 1980 at a New York City Restaurant called “La Rotisserie Française”
League members took turns picking players from the MLB to compete for there own “fantasy team”, they then compiled a list of stat categories that the players would accumulate over the course of the year. For example, homeruns.
Over the course of the year they would record the stats and determine whoever’s team had the best numbers over the course of the year would be crowned champion.
A book was published in 1984 about the fantasy league and the idea of managing your own team caught on.
By the year 2000 with the creation of the internet collecting stats, news and information became easier which ultimately lead to the 4 billion dollar industry we have today.